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Why I Can’t Stand IAVA or Paul Rieckhoff Is STILL A Moron

All Posts  March 20 2011
 — By CJ Grisham

I’m not sure why I even want to waste breath commenting on a story from the Huffington Post, but I can’t help myself. Paul Rieckhoff, the executive director of the defectively named Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), needs to drum up more support for his organization, I guess.

In an interview with the leftwing rag, Rieckhoff claims that the VA “does a crappy job of doing outreach” to veterans. In the next sentence, he goes on to say that the VA isn’t using social media. Really Paul?

Then who is running this Facebook page titled Veterans Health Administration (VHA) – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

And who is running the VA page titled Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Oh, and this one titled National Cemetery Administration (NCA) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The VA’s health page is updated AT LEAST daily with a LOT of useful information. And that’s just Facebook.

Obviously, Paul doesn’t follow @DeptVetAffairs on Twitter, which also sends out a lot of great information for those willing to follow them. Does Paul want the military to force all ETSing Soldiers to be required to “follow” the VA on Twitter and Facebook as a requirement to getting out?

The VA even has a kickass blog that is written by Brandon Friedman, a veteran himself of the current conflicts who probably has MORE deployment time under his belt than good ole LT Rieckhoff. Let’s not forget the VA’s YouTube page with useful videos and a Flikr account where you’ll find tons of pictures even Michael Yon would be envious of – if he ever looked at anything outside of his follicle mirror.

Meanwhile, all IAVA does is take credit for “partnering with” films nominated for Oscars when, in fact, doing nothing at all to support the film! This “partnership” he speaks of was limited to getting members to turn up at screenings. IAVA did not fund the making or distribution of the film.

IAVA is NOT representative of most troops I know as evidenced by the “report card” released last election cycle in which most conservative politicians got low grades while liberal ones got high ones! Partisan much?

I can’t prove it, but I’m pretty sure Rieckhoff’s coffers are getting low and a surefire way to refill them is to pander to his people – at HuffPo.

(2) Readers Comments

  1. I have to disagree with your criticism of Paul Rieckhoff completely. I don’t know the guy personally, but I have been to a few IAVA events, and they were excellent. I think IAVA has done an outstanding job fighting for veterans’ rights. They’ve also done far more than the more established vets organizations like the VFW and AmVets. The VA may have a social media presence now, but part of the reason it’s making an effort is because of people like Paul, who continually hounds these government agencies to do a better job reaching out to vets. I think the biggest challenge he (and IAVA) will face in the future is trying to stay relevant. Americans like to forget about wars, their veterans, and war victims, as soon as possible. IAVA will have a continuously uphill fight to keep us Iraq vets relevant in the years to come.

  2. Paul Rieckhoff….. is quite the con artist. Let’s give a big round of applause to a man who is using his status as a veteran to launch a career in politics…. Let me start off by saying that I don’t support either side of the political divide that exists in what was once a great nation. I have liberal and conservative beliefs, fancy myself a realist, looking at each issue individually and deciding what makes sense to me personally. I served two active duty (enlisted) tours in Iraq in a combat arms MOS and I am now separated and currently in graduate school.

    I’m not going to shoot off into a rant, let me just say this: Paul has developed a “non-profit” organization out of self promotion to launch a political career, I would bet the farm that within the next 5-10 years he runs for some sort of democratic position in either New York or Washington DC. He talks about veteran unemployment yet look at the staff and board at IAVA, less than half are veterans, maybe you could cut your grossly compensated self ($120K/year) and put that money towards your supposed goals. Not to mention that he travels to every single sporting event offered through many of his corporate sponsors that “have our backs”… what a crock of bullshit, he’s using money that was donated to help the “cause” to jet set all over the country and rub elbows, further expanding his network and notoriety.. Just look over the financial statements of this “non-profit” and look where the money really goes… what a scam… Miller High Life has veterans backs? Are you fucking kidding me? Yeah that’s just what veterans really need, more alcohol in their lives, I’ve not heard him ONCE mention the detrimental effect that alcohol is having on our returning veterans with PTSD… Anyway I’ll stop running my mouth, but I know when I smell bullshit, doesn’t take much to tell which way the wind is blowing… You have our backs eh? More like riding on our backs to prop up your future political aspirations… Bi partisan my ass, anyone who can’t see this clear as day is a fool.

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