Wednesday in Albany: IAVA To Announce Statewide Expansion of Veterans Assistance Program

Wednesday in Albany: IAVA To Announce Statewide Expansion of Veterans Assistance Program

CONTACT: Gretchen Andersen (212) 982-9699 or press@iava.org

Wednesday in Albany: IAVA Announces Statewide Expansion of Veterans Assistance Program

Innovative Rapid Response Referral Program Helps Post-9/11 Vets Across New York

WHAT: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will announce the statewide expansion of the Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP, pronounced “rip” like a rip cord on a parachute) on March 12 at 10 a.m. in Albany. RRRP helps new veterans and their families cut through red tape and provides them with access to services ranging across employment, education, housing, mental health and more. New veterans and their families are connected to local resources and one-on-one support with IAVA’s Veteran Transition Managers.

New York veterans face a number of critical challenges. More than 368,000 veterans are stuck in the VA backlog, including more than 5,167 in the Buffalo regional office, who are waiting more than 125 days for a claim. Suicide is also a growing concern for new veterans: at least 22 veterans commit suicide every day, and a recent study found that the suicide rate among young male veterans rose by 44 percent in the past three years. Furthermore, last week the Bureau of Labor statistics reported a 9.2% unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans during the month of February – a jump from 7.9% in January. New York post-9/11 veterans face a 16.6 unemployment rate.

WHO:   IAVA Staff, including case managers

       New York Veterans

      State Sen. Greg Ball

      Assemblyman Michael Benedetto

WHEN: Wednesday, March 12 at 10 a.m. (Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 9:30am)  

WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Room 104A, Albany, NY

Note to media: Please RSVP by emailing press@iava.org or calling 212-982-9699 if you would like to attend.

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 and has more than 270,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, IAVA recently received the highest rating – four-stars – from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator.


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