American Veterans for Ukraine – Inaugural conference – May 23, 2024 – video

In advance of Memorial Day in the United States at a historic event at Ukraine House in Washington, D.C., five leading voices from the American veterans community announced the formation of a groundbreaking new veterans organization focused on supporting victory in Ukraine. The new group, American Veterans for Ukraine (AVU), can now be found online at

AVU is an American, non-partisan, non-profit organization with a clear mission: connecting, uniting and empowering American veterans to support victory for Ukraine. 

AVU’s two lines of effort to ensure that mission is accomplished are:

1. Driving public support for Ukraine.

2. Protecting continued US government funding for the fight.
The American veterans community already overwhelmingly supports Ukraine. A poll of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) members revealed that Post-9/11 veterans hold strong support for Ukraine. And an overwhelming majority of almost 80% of veterans surveyed support Ukraine or are neutral.

Speakers included AVU Founders, Paul Rieckhoff, Bonnie Carroll, Nolan Peterson and Adrian Bonenberger, Hope for Ukraine CEO, Yuriy Boyechko, Co-Founder of TAPS Ukraine and reserve Lieutenant in the Ukrainian military, Yuliya Dmytrova, as well as Katherine Semenyuk, a Ukrainian American military chaplain who first day of the Russian invasion, gave birth to her fifth child in a bunker, embodying the spirit of survival and determination. A video statement was also presented from Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret) and 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.

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