2022 IAVA Member Survey

Perceptions and views of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans on the challenges and successes of the next greatest generation of veterans.

A collaboration between Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

IAVA coverThis report presents the results of the 2022 survey of IAVA members. Based on the responses of 5,174 IAVA members collected in Fall 2021, this study represents the view of one of the largest organizations for post-9/11 veterans on topics related to social issues, post-service career, health and wellbeing, and VA healthcare.

Some of the specific topics surveyed include: political and civic engagement, views of current political issues relevant to veterans including the threat of extremism, women veteran’s issues, transition experiences, post-service employment, GI Bill use in higher education, military sexual assault, mental health and suicide, burn pits and toxic exposures, and experiences with the VA healthcare system.

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Key Highlights

Political and Civic Engagement



98% of IAVA members are registered to vote.

Plan to vote


83% are planning to vote in the upcoming midterm election.

44% of IAVA members volunteer on a regular basis, most often with organizations that support other veterans and their families.
70% of IAVA members identify mental health and suicide prevention as a top issue for post-9/11 veterans.

Transition, Education, and Employment

Only about half of veterans describe their transition as smooth, with more than 3 in 4 reporting some or many transition challenges.

63% of veterans had enrolled in some form of higher education since separating from the military.
17% of veterans experienced an employment status change during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Burn Pits and Toxic Exposure

82% of IAVA members report that they were exposed to burn pits and/or airborne toxic materials during their service.
59% of those reporting exposure to burn pits or airborne toxic materials are registered for the VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pits Registry.
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