A new fundraising initiative from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America was launched Wednesday at the organization’s Washington headquarters.


The Veteran Support Fund, as described in a Washington Post story Wednesday, has been established by several business leaders whose own children have not served in military service.

“All Americans, especially civilians, owe it to our veterans to make a financial sacrifice commensurate with the sacrifices that they have carried for our nation,” said one of the founders, Philip D. Green, president of PDG Consulting in Washington.

At Wednesday’s public launch, Green and another co-founder, Jim Stimmel of Texas, said that successful CEOs have “a moral imperative” to make contributions assisting veterans and their families.

“Supporting veterans isn’t charity, it’s an absolute necessity and an investment in our country’s future,” said IAVA founder and executive director Paul Rieckhoff. After 10 years of war, our nation’s military families are strained, nonprofit services aremaxed out and our veterans’ community is severely under-resourced.”