Paul Rieckhoff is a native New Yorker. In early September 2001 he left his job on Wall Street. Paul quickly returned to the area when his National Guard unit was called to Ground Zero. After working at the World Trade Center site, Paul served as an Army First Lieutenant and infantry rifle platoon leader in Iraq from 2003 through 2004. Upon returning, Paul founded Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), America’s premier organization for post 9/11 veterans.
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