New leadership at IAVA, as founder steps down

Julia LeDoux
January 28, 2019 - 3:05 pm

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There will soon be new leadership at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

In a release, founder and CEO of the veteran’s advocacy group Paul Rieckhoff announced that he will step down from his current role due to personal reasons later this month, but will remain on IAVA’s board of directors. Jeremy Butler has been named as Rieckhoff’s replacement.

“Outside of building my family, founding and leading IAVA has been the greatest honor of my life,” he said. “And all of our groundbreaking work has always truly been a team effort. I’m humbled and grateful to have served alongside so many inspiring colleagues, partners and IAVA members to create and grow a new model for impact.”

Rieckhoff is an Army vet who served in Iraq. He founded IAVA 14 years ago in his New York City apartment to bring attention to the issues being faced by those who have fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently in the process of writing his second book, launching a podcast and other media projects.

“We jump-started a national movement, empowered a new greatest generation of leaders and showed the world that veterans are not a charity, we’re an investment,” he said.

Butler joined IAVA in 2015 and has extensive experience inside both the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. He is currently a surface warfare officer in the Naval Reserves and holds a Master’s of Arts degree in national security from the Naval War College.

“It is both humbling and exciting to step into this new role,” Butler said. “Since Paul founded the organization 14 years ago, IAVA has done more to support America’s veterans than most will ever know.”

Former VA Secretary Bob McDonald called IAVA vital to the nation’s veterans and all Americans.

“I saw first-hand the powerful impact of IAVA,” he said.

Butler will share his vision for the IAVA’s future in a Facebook Live event scheduled for Feb. 1.

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