Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will meet in New York City September 7 for the first-ever live televised forum on military and veterans issues, non-profit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) announced late Thursday.
"IAVA is proud to lead this historic event for our veterans community and all Americans," Paul Rieckhoff, founder and chief executive officer of IAVA said in a statement. "On the cusp of the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York is a fitting stage to give voice to American veterans and service members that are all too often shut out of our political debate. IAVA members world-wide, 93 percent of whom say they'll be voting in November, and many deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan right now, are ready to hear from the candidates and hold them accountable."
The joint candidate event comes three weeks before the first official debate between the Democratic and Republican nominees September 27 and will be broadcast in primetime on both NBC and MSNBC.
Clinton and Trump will appear back-to-back in the one-hour event. In addition to questions about the size of the military and fixing the Veterans' Affairs Department, the two seprately will discuss national security.
Rieckhoff said "at least for one night" America's focus will be on "our nation's moral obligation to support and empower its 22 million veterans, our servicemembers and our military families."