Thursday, IAVA issued the following:
— Yesterday, as controversy continues at VA, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Acting Secretary Peter O’Rourke hosted Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Legislative Director Tom Porter and other VSO leaders for this monthly roundtable discussion and breakfast at the VA Central Office in Washington, DC. Secretary O’Rourke briefed leading VSOs on VA’s latest news and priorities. IAVA’s Porter represented IAVA’s 425,000 members and presented our priorities to the Acting Secretary and VA leaders. O’Rourke hosted the meeting as nominee Robert Wilkie is still awaiting a Senate vote. This meeting comes at a critical time, as only 14% of IAVA members trust VA leadership nationally when polled in March.