In New Orleans, Veterans Give Back Before Super Bowl

In New Orleans, Veterans Give Back Before Super Bowl

CONTACT: Zack Baddorf (212) 982-9699 or press@iava.org

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In New Orleans, Veterans Give Back Before Super Bowl
IAVA and Coach Cowher support vets before the big game

NEW YORK (Jan. 30, 2013) – As Super Bowl week begins in New Orleans, Louisiana members of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America will be gathering to give back to their community. Working with the St. Bernard Project, IAVA veterans will rebuild the house of a fellow veteran whose Lower 9th Ward home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. IAVA Board member, Super Bowl Champion Coach and CBS Analyst Bill Cowher will lead the effort with IAVA founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff, as IAVA members from across the Gulf Region come together for this important service project.

“Veterans served their country overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and now they’re serving their communities here at home,” Rieckhoff said. “We’re honored to be working with the St. Bernard Project to help a fellow veteran in need recover from Hurricane Katrina. This project and our new partnership with the St. Bernard Project are giving vets jobs and giving back to the community. Veterans are key leaders in the recovery here in New Orleans—and nationwide in places like Joplin and Staten Island. The effort this week in New Orleans is another great example of the New Greatest Generation of veterans leading the way for America.”

In addition to this community service project, IAVA has organized events all week long in New Orleans:

IAVA members will attend live tapings of ESPN’s SportsNation show in New Orleans Jan. 30 through Feb. 1. Members will also get a behind the scenes production tour and have a chance to intern at ESPN for one day.

Wednesday night, longtime IAVA supporter and rocker Queen V will be performing a “Live and Unplugged” pre-Super Bowl concert on Jan. 30 at 10:00 p.m. CT at the Circle Bar. IAVA members and supporters 21 and older are invited to attend for free.

Local veterans can sign up to attend both events here.

On Friday morning IAVA will host an intimate breakfast fundraiser to support IAVA employment programs with Coach Cowher at the National WWII Museum. The gourmet meal will be provided by world-reknowned chef and Gulf War veteran John Besh. To purchase a ticket or sponsorship, please contact Kate Kelly.

Rieckhoff will also be attending a gathering of more than 20 private sector companies who will be pledging to hire a combined 15,000 veterans during 2013. Organized on behalf of SeatonCorp and Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, this event will be held on Feb. 1 at Le Pavillon Hotel at 833 Poydras Street in New Orleans. Remarks will be at 1:30 p.m.

IAVA Member Veterans and IAVA’s founder and CEO, Paul Rieckhoff, are available for comment Wednesday, Jan. 30th through Monday, Feb. 4th in New Orleans. Email press@iava.org or call 1-212-982-9699 to arrange an interview.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, has more than 200,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. IAVA recently received the highest rating – four-stars – from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator.

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