A little more than a week after one of the most contentious elections in recent memory, it’s good to see that on this day people can put their personal political and ideological views aside and come together to support our Veterans.
It doesn’t matter if you opposed or supported our country going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan – those who put themselves in harm’s way on the orders of our nation’s Commander in Chief should have the support and gratitude of all Americans.
More than 2 million American troops have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since the start of those wars. And though combat operations may have ended in Iraq this year, the battle is far from over for the vets returning home with physical and mental injuries that will stick with them the rest of their lives.
Over the last several years, there has really been one organization that has given those veterans a voice – the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). They’ve managed to bring attention to the challenges facing our vets that would otherwise go unnoticed and unreported – and today I hope you’ll join me in showing support for their work.
Join IAVA’s online march: http://www.facebook.com/IAVA.org?v=app_161804360517967
Read an email from IAVA’s founder Paul Reickhoff about the march below:
Right now, thousands of IAVA Member Veterans are marching in parades across the country. Here in New York, I’m making my way up Fifth Avenue in the New York City Veterans Day Parade – the largest in the nation – with over 400 Iraq and Afghanistan vets from all across America.
Veterans Day is an incredibly important holiday and we want every American to stand with the newest generation of veterans. Click here to join the march on Facebook and Twitter – it will only take a minute, but it’s a powerful way to show your support.
Thanks for having our backs, and for making this such a historic Veterans Day.
Executive Director & Founder
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)