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Leading Veterans Service Organizations Meet Near Washington May 13-15, 2008
Date:5/9/2008

Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Gather in Virginia to Envision a Bold Future for Military & Veterans Service Organizations

CHANTILLY, Va., May 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the war in Iraq enters its fifth year and the U.S. death toll climbs above 4,000 and casualty numbers approach the 30,000 mark, a diverse coalition of military and veterans service organizations on the homefront have organized to help bereaved families and wounded veterans. In some cases, they are nonprofit organizations serving military audiences with decades of experience who are now seeing demand for their services soar. Others are new to veterans services but eager to meet needs and help. Now for the first time ever, the 44 agencies who are members of the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans will meet face-to-face during a conference being held May 13-15, 2008, in the Washington, DC metro area.

The Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (CIAV) will coordinate efforts on behalf of our nation's active military, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. These 44 agencies represent every facet of service delivery and advocacy on behalf of deployed and war veterans. CIAV members deliver direct financial aid, housing assistance, mental health and traumatic injury services, legal and employment services, advocacy and research, and counts among its members Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Operation Home Front, the Sesame Street Workshop and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, to name a few.

This conference is an unprecedented gathering of nonprofit agencies dedicated to serving those whose lives have been transformed through deployment.

"Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is honored to be part of the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans," said Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. "Six years into the Iraq war and seven years into the w
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