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Sunday, July 15, 2007

IAVA's Rob Timmins on 'Moving a Nation to Care;' Good Mag's 'Volunteers'

While I was in Seattle last Thursday, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America's tour_nyc01Field and Outreach Director, Rob Timmins, posted his musings on Moving a Nation to Care.

I'm a bit partial to Rob particularly and IAVA in general. You might remember that Rob came out to speak to those of us assembled at my NYC-Greenwich Village Barnes & Noble signing back in May (that's Rob to the left, and the two of us with NY Metro Vets' Joe Bello in the thumbnail below).

tour_nyc04Rob, who served as an Army Infantryman in Najaf and then Mosul during Operation Iraqi Freedom, came out to talk to us at the request of the equally tireless Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA's founder and executive director.

Rob reflected briefly on my book last week at IAVA:

I’ve come across many books that deal with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their aftermath. Recently though, I had the privilege of meeting Ilona Meager and read her book; [Moving a Nation to Care] should be essential reading for anyone who wishes to help our returning veterans readjust back into society.

Oh that absolutely rocks. Thanks, Rob and IAVA.

Especially meaningful when that praise comes from those of you who've served overseas. Ever thankful that so many of you guys and gals made yourselves available during the process of researching and writing Moving a Nation to Care.

Paul Rieckhoff, of course, was instrumental and has my great admiration; members Perry Jefferies, Abbie Pickett, and Zack Bazzi were no less accommodating and giving to this green civilian. I'm honored to have all four IAVA members in my book; they reveal the wide range of service and experience that can be found in our returning troops. Each one more eloquent and sharper than the next, every one of them with a great heart and much passion for telling their tale and sharing their stories.

Let's listen. They are our guides...

Learn more about IAVA by visiting their website, and consider supporting their hard work; then check out Good Magazine's hot-off-the-press multimedia presentation, "Volunteers," to meet many more of IAVA's incredible members.

More than Good.

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