December 5, 2014 by Paul Rieckhoff
Paul Rieckhoff is CEO and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, which Knight Foundation supports to promote civic engagement and use of new storytelling platforms. Photo provided by IAVA.
X-Box. Facebook. Streaming video.
Post-9/11 veterans grew up with technology, they live and breathe the stuff, and they expect the organizations to which they belong to do the same.
That’s where Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America comes in. We aren’t your grandfather’s Veterans Service Organization. In fact, we don’t even call ourselves a Veterans Service Organization.
At IAVA we are proud to call ourselves the first-ever Veterans Empowerment Organization because we don’t just help veterans, we give them the tools to form communities, develop skills, and successfully transition to civilian life. And the resources we’ve gained from our partnership with Knight Foundation are helping making that happen.