Michael Hawkins
Michael Hawkins campaign leader

Back from Iraq with a new mission.


A few weeks ago, I came home from Iraq--only to see nine years of war get bumped off frontpages across the country. But I refuse to turn the page on the men and women who I served with over there.

So I'm doing something about it--and I need your urgent support. 

In Iraq, I proudly served as a combat medic with the New York National Guard. But I know the true legacy of these wars rests on how well we care for our warriors long after they end.

Make a tax-deductible donation before midnight December 31st so we can be there for every vet who returns home from Iraq and Afghanistan in 2012.  (http://www.causes.com/causes/1341-iraq-and-afghanistan-veterans-of-america-iava)

The transition home has brought unique challenges. For some in my unit, it's hanging up the uniform and finding a civilian job. For others, it's facing another deployment to Afghanistan. For me? It's figuring out if I can go to school next year on the Post-9/11 GI Bill. 

Thanks to IAVA, I've got a community who knows exactly where I'm coming from. Plus, programs and resources to navigate the transition home--all for free. But in 2012, we need to build a national surge of support for all our troops and vets. 

Together, let's ensure the spotlight stays on the men and women who have so proudly served our country. 

Thank you for stepping up. 


Brandon Isaac
Iraq Veteran - Rochester, NY
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

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