Support the IAVA

27 May


This weekend is Memorial Day, the unofficial start to the summer, a three-day weekend to enjoy the nice weather, and maybe enjoy some grilled meats. But the Monday we have off from work also is meant to honor those who have died in military service to the country.

Unfortunately, my generation has been indelibly touched by war. I know some who have served, and I can’t even begin to imagine what they saw while serving abroad.  Admittedly, I have a friend who described his mission as being mostly boring- sitting around watching DVDs and playing video games during long stretches of not having much to do.

So on this holiday weekend when we observe those who have passed, let’s also remember the veterans who came home (hey, it’s a long time until Veteran’s Day). The I.A.V.A., the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, is a great non-profit started by  Paul Rieckhoff, an Amherst grad who still serves as the Executive Director.  I.A.V.A. advocates for better access to mental health, expanded G.I. bills, and career services for vets, among many other services.  Most of all, the organization provides a community for returned vets. Maybe this Memorial Day, take a moment to learn about what they do, and maybe donate a few bucks.

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