Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Of America

Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Of America is the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO) with the most diverse and rapidly growing membership in America.
We don’t just support veterans, we empower them!

Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Of America provides valuable resources and empowers veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community.Through education, advocacy and community building, we strive to create a country which honors and supports veterans of all generations.

Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Of America is the voice of the 2.8 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, raising awareness in the media, on Capitol Hill and among the general public.
We address critical issues facing new veterans and their families, including mental health injuries, a stretched VA system, inadequate health care for female veterans and GI Bill educational benefits.

Membership is FREE and open to ALL veterans, family members and supporters. Join us today at iava.org/#join.

As an organization founded and run by veterans, IAVA is absolutely committed to ensuring our programs make the largest impact for as many veterans as possible—at the lowest costs. Since our founding 11 years ago, IAVA has connected more than 1.27 million veterans with resources and support while being exceptionally fiscally responsible to the thousands of individuals, foundations and corporate partners who support our mission.

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National Veterans Foundation

The founder of the National Veterans Foundation, Floyd “Shad” Meshad, has been working with Veterans since 1970. Meshad was a Medical Service Officer during the Vietnam War, where he counseled soldiers in the field who were suffering from a multitude of psychological and emotional problems resulting from their experiences in combat, including what would later become known as “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” or PTSD.

After the war, Shad continued to counsel Vietnam veterans through his work with the Veterans Administration in Los Angeles. He co-founded the VA’s Vet Center program — 300 storefront facilities throughout the country, located away from VA Hospitals, where veterans walk in off the street to receive mental health counseling. He also authored the critically acclaimed book A Captain for Dark Mornings, which chronicles his experiences both during the war and after coming home.

Today Meshad remains one of America’s most sought-after experts on Combat Stress, Trauma Therapy and the readjustment issues confronting returning soldiers and their families.

Staffed by a team of veterans (from Vietnam, the Cold War, Iraq and Afghanistan) who are specially trained in the delivery of crisis information and referral services, as well as a team of licensed volunteer counselors to whom all crisis calls are routed, more than 400,000 veterans in need of medical treatment, substance abuse or PTSD Counseling, VA benefits advocacy, food, shelter, employment training, legal aid or suicide intervention, have now been served by this unique, one-of-a-kind resource.

Also, as a recognized leader within the community of organizations that specialize in providing human service programs to veterans and their families, the National Veterans Foundation frequently plays a key role as advisor, partner, and collaborator.

Over the past two decades, this has included providing financial assistance, training, and donations of food, clothing, and other goods to other non-profits serving the specialized needs of veterans including New Directions (CA), The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (NJ), LA County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (CA), Desert Storm Justice Foundation (OK), Point Man of Northern California (CA), Veterans Coalition of the Hudson Valley (NY), Westside Stand Down (CA), Stamford Homeless Project (CT), US VETS (CA), and Swords to Plowshares (CA) among many others.

The NVF’s extraordinary record of service has not gone unnoticed. As one of the world’s most sought-after experts in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the U.S. Government asked Shad Meshad to provide training to the counselors at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The National Veterans Foundation continues to evolve. Shad, his team and the Board of Directors are committed to continually seeking and developing the most effective means to help those who have served our country and their families. The NVF is open to all who seek emotional support and other assistance.

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Paralyzed Veterans Of America

Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.

Paralyzed Veterans of America will use that expertise to be the leading advocate for:

Quality health care for our members
Research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction
Benefits available as a result of our members’ military service
Civil rights and opportunities that maximize the independence of our members.

To enable Paralyzed Veterans to continue to honor this commitment, we must recruit and retain members who have the experience, energy, dedication, and passion necessary to manage the organization and ensure adequate resources to sustain the programs essential for Paralyzed Veterans of America to achieve its mission.

Since 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes. We’ve had a single-minded mission—to empower our brave men and women to regain what they fought for: their freedom and independence.
Paralyzed Veterans was originally founded by a band of service members who came home from World War II with spinal cord injuries. They returned to a grateful nation, but also to a world with few solutions to the major challenges they faced.
These wounded heroes made a decision not just to live, but to live with dignity as contributors to society. They created Paralyzed Veterans of America, an organization dedicated to serving veterans—and to medical research, advocacy and civil rights for all people with disabilities.

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National Coalition For Homeless Veterans

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a 23-member board of directors – is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans also serves as the primary liaison between the nation’s care providers, Congress and the Executive Branch agencies charged with helping them succeed in their work. NCHV’s advocacy has strengthened and increased funding for virtually every federal homeless veteran assistance program in existence today.

Under a technical assistance grant awarded by the Department of Labor-Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS), NCHV provides guidance and information about program development, administration, governance and funding to all of the nation’s homeless veteran service providers. This is achieved through conferences, webinars, personal consultations, publications, and this website – the nation’s most comprehensive information resource about homeless veterans and the programs that serve them.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Central Office staff offers service providers assistance with administrative organization and program development; information about government, foundation and corporate grants; and guidance to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations. We operate a toll-free homeless veterans assistance phone line and a comprehensive website to direct those who need help to the people who can provide it.

NCHV was organized in 1990 by a small group of community-based service providers who were troubled by the disproportionately large percentage of homeless people who were veterans, and the lack of veteran-specific programs to help them. We opened our Washington, D.C., office in 1993 in order to work more closely with Congress and Executive Branch agencies to ensure the inclusion of veterans in federal assistance programs.

According to its own estimates, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs will reach slightly more than 40 percent of America’s homeless veterans. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is the only national organization specifically dedicated to improving the opportunities for these deserving Americans to regain control of their lives and once again enjoy the freedoms they helped preserve. Our community-based service providers represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and we offer assistance to any homeless service provider that contacts our office.

NCHV is recognized as the nation’s leading authority on homeless veterans issues by several agencies and departments of the U.S. government, and has worked in partnership on projects with VA, DOL, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. NCHV has helped develop and increase funding for homeless veteran-specific programs such as the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and the VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, both of which are currently funded at their highest levels ever. We helped write and worked to ensure passage of the hallmark Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001, which had the potential to provide $1 billion for homeless veteran service providers and programs. In the current Congress, in addition to various other measures, NCHV was instrumental in crafting and passing the Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016 – the most significant piece of legislation for homeless veterans in more than two years.

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Patriot Guard Riders: Gary Zazitski

The Family of Sp/4 Gary Zazitski DOB 7/7/50, has graciously invited the Patriot Guard Riders to stand a flag line as they lay their loved one to rest. Gary served in the United States Army from 9/11/67 to 9/10/70 in the 503rd MP Battalion in the 82nd Airborne. Upon completion of service he received an Honorable Discharge. Gary also did a tour in Viet Nam. Awards and Medals include six Army Commendation Medals, Army Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Jump Wings Medal. He is survived by a son, a daughter, three grandchildren and his former wife. Sp/4 Gary Zazitski passed away at Bay Pines Hospital on 7/6/17.

This hero served our Great Nation and us. This is our turn to stand for this hero, as he laid to rest and given Military Honors. Please bring your 3×5 American flags and stand in silent respect for this hero.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 25 Jul 2017

Primary Staging Time: 1:45 P.M.
Bay Pines National Cemetery
10000 Bay Pines Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33708

Ride Captain:
Bill Franklin
Gulfrader@comcast.net
941-350-2547

Special Instructions:
Stage: 1345
Brief: 1400
Service: 1415
Flag Line as Determined by R/C

Flags & Water:
Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Henry Hyde
Position: Assistant State Captain

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