Executive Director and Founder, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Paul Rieckhoff is founder and executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), America’s first and largest organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Rieckhoff was among the first responders to the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. From 2003 to 2004, he served as an Army first lieutenant and infantry rifle platoon leader in Iraq. A nationally recognized authority on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a broad range of issues affecting troops, veterans, and their families, he has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs. Most recently, Rieckhoff was onRolling Stone’s list of 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done. Rieckhoff has been honored with Common Ground’s Celebrating Home Award and the Lewis Cullman Civic Engagement Award from GenerationEngage. Rieckhoff wrote the 2006 book Chasing Ghosts and frequently contributes to Huffington Post, Fortune,and The New York Times.