Substance exposure and mental health top Wounded Warrior Project’s list of legislative priorities

Veterans’ charity calls on Congress to address these needs and more for post-9/11 veterans

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In testimony before the United States House of Representatives and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) CEO of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Mike Linnington today called on Congress to support legislation that will improve the health and well-being of injured veterans who served after 9/11.

Lt. Gen. (Retired) Mike Linnington, CEO of the Wounded Warrior Project, urges Congress to support legislation benefiting veterans.

Wounded Warrior Project CEO, Lieutenant General (Retired) Mike Linnington urges Congress to support legislation benefiting veterans.

WWP urged Committee members to address six priorities:

  • Toxic exposure – Grant health care eligibility and improve the disability benefit process for all veterans who served in areas of known exposure to toxic substances. The WWP specifically advocated for the passage of comprehensive legislation that was introduced in the Senate – S. 3003, the Full Support Overdue Troops (COST) of War Act; and the House – HR 3967, the PACT Act (Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics).

  • Mental Health – ensure that the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a leader in evidence-based treatment and research, and a key coordinator of community efforts to prevent veteran suicide.

  • Women Warriors – continue to support the growing population of female veterans by expanding access to gender-sensitive care, fostering ongoing connection and support, and improving coordination of care and benefits for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST).

  • Long-term care and support – promote the use and success of VA long-term care programs for young veterans, including those who have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) during their service.

  • Caregivers – ensure that the Family Caregiver Comprehensive Assistance Program (PCAFC) continues to support veterans who need a great deal of care and attention.

  • Financial security – modernize and improve VA support systems and better recognize how financial security is an important factor in the success of veterans after their service.

Read the full written testimonial from WWP and learn more about the group Legislative priorities 2022.

“Your actions to address these important issues will have an especially strong impact on the post-9/11 generation of veterans,” Linnington said. “WWP is your partner in meeting the needs of all who have served – and all who support them.”

To illustrate the need for Congress to act on the issues of these veterans, Linnington pointed to the findings of the latest WWP report. Annual Warrior Survey, which was released last week. For example, the survey found that 98% of Warriors said they had been exposed to hazardous or toxic substances during military service, and 73% of those deployed to Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn said they had served. near a combustion chamber. Additionally, Linnington pointed out that the 2021 AWS found that only 56.6% of Warriors reported receiving mental health care at a VA medical center, despite the prevalence of PTSD (75%), anxiety (74%) and depression (72%).

Learn more about WWP’s 2021 Annual Warrior Survey and how it helps inform WWP’s programs and legislative priorities.

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