National Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans to host a Summit in Washington, DC October 6-7

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The Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (CIAV) will convene in Washington, DC October 6-7, 2009 to share our expertise in delivering support and services to military, veterans, their families and survivors.

At the same time, the economic downturn has impacted our ability to sustain our work just as more service members are returning home with their own economic struggles. We have learned since the wars began, and even more so now, that we must coordinate care, and leverage every resource to meet the needs of our warriors and their families

The Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (CIAV) will convene in Washington, DC October 6-7, 2009 to share our expertise in delivering support and services to military, veterans, their families and survivors. Representatives from over 50 agencies throughout the country will meet with representatives from the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, congressional leaders, and community supporters to report from the field regarding community efforts to serve our warriors.

From camps for children to peer retreats for adults, from legal assistance to state of the art residential PTSD and TBI treatment, from research to direct financial aid, the members of the CIAV are leaders in serving those who serve on the ground in communities throughout our nation. The goal of the CIAV summit is to strengthen partnerships between government and community in our common mission of caring for those who serve and brainstorm with our colleagues in the DoD, VA and community in delivering the best, most accessible and comprehensive supports possible.

"The Coalition organizations are on the ground everyday responding to the changing needs of the military and veteran community, and as such, we have a unique perspective on the needs, the gaps in services, and the most innovative responses to meet increasing demand for supports," said Amy Fairweather, director of the CIAV. "At the same time, the economic downturn has impacted our ability to sustain our work just as more service members are returning home with their own economic struggles. We have learned since the wars began, and even more so now, that we must coordinate care, and leverage every resource to meet the needs of our warriors and their families," Fairweather said.

The CIAV will host an event at the Capitol Building on October 6th to demonstrate the breadth of services available through the partners in the CIAV and to discuss strategic ways in which communities, non-profits and government may work together to ensure that all military personnel, veterans, their families and survivors receive the support they have earned serving in our Armed Forces. The CIAV and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region will also host an informational forum for community supporters on October 7th to provide an overview of the military and veteran community, the physical, mental and economic health of veterans and their families, and the mutual impact of the civilian community and those affected by deployment.

About the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
The Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (CIAV) is a national non-partisan partnership of organizations committed to working with and on behalf of all military, veterans, families, survivors and providers to strengthen the existing system of care and support for all those affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Learn more about the work of the Coalition at http://www.coalitionforveterans.org.

For more information, please contact:
Colleen Corliss, Swords to Plowshares
Mobile: 202-415-6101; Office: 415-655-7248

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