IAVA was founded in 2004 by its current Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff and fellow Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.  The founding group came together around their concerns for the plight of returning veterans and the issues faced by soldiers currently serving.

We read about this organization, and it seems to be a great resource both for helping returning wounded veterans and reaching out to help our soldiers still serving.

If you want to support our troops still serving in the war you can:

Send letters, gifts and packages – http://iava.org

Help troops get the supplies they need –

www.operation-helmet.org

Help troops stay in touch with their families and friends –http://iava.org

If you want to help our wounded troops who have returned you can:

Help veterans with traumatic brain injury – http://remind.org

Support military families in need – http://iava.org

Donate to one of 25 outside resources supported by IAVA that directly aid veterans.  For example, Helmets to Hardhats connects veterans with jobs in construction, and The Pathway Home is a Residential Recovery program specifically created for returning soldiers.  http://iava.org/resources

Finally, you can help Iraqi civilians athttp://operationgive.c5host.com/ .

For information or to donate:

http://iava.org/content/troops-charities and http://iava.org/

Charity Navigator describes and evaluates non-profits, particularly their financial health. (see our earlier article). If you want information about other organizations supporting our troops go to this Charity Navigator page.  There are ten organizations that have the highest rating of 4 stars which means they are exceptional.