Iraqi Ministry of Defense
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Georges Sada
MINISTER OF DEFENSE ALI ALLAWI ANNOUNCES THE ESTABLISHMENT
OF THE IRAQI
Baghdad – May 2, 2004 – Minister of Defense Ali Allawi has announced the
establishment of the Iraqi Veteran’s Agency (IVA). The announcement was first
made this past Thursday to senior officers of the former Iraqi military during
an open dialogue meeting about the future direction of the Iraqi Armed Forces.
Hosted by the Minister, this meeting was the first in a series of open dialogue
meetings with former officers.
The IVA functions as a bureau under the administration and direction of the
Ministry of Defense. It is responsible for managing all aspects of veterans
issues, coordinating provision of support from other agencies to veterans and
directing the veterans stipend program. The agency immediately will focus on
supporting veterans of the former Iraqi military and soon will work to build the
capability to assist future veterans of the new Iraqi Armed Forces.
“After the disestablishment of the former Ministry of Defense and Army there was
a need to adequately address the vocational needs of veterans of the former
Iraqi Army,” said Minister Allawi. “It is my pleasure to announce that the new
Iraqi Veterans Agency provides Iraq with a visible and viable reference point
for addressing the needs and issues of this country’s veterans.”
A main pillar of the new agency is an initiative for vocational training and job
placement. Under this new initiative, veterans of the former Iraqi military will
receive priority. This will be facilitated throughout Iraq at Ministry of Labor
and Social Affairs (MOLSA) training and employment centers by IVA liaison
officers and dedicated MOLSA veterans counselors.
The IVA will be based in Baghdad with a small staff. It will be supported
regionally by the MOLSA Vocational Training and Job Placement centers.
Previously, the Coalitional Provisional Authority had operated a Stipend Payment
Program and provided some assistance for vocational training to veterans. The
IVA will take over those functions but will devote greater resources and provide
better coordination for this kind of support in the future. Therefore, the CPA
Stipend Payment Program has been transferred to the Ministry of Defense
(including its staff, funds and equipment) to complement this new initiative.
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