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Wounded Warriors who incurred service-connected injuries or illness on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible for the WWP Alumni program. No dues here - you paid those on the battlefield. Check out all the benefits and register today.
When a warrior faces challenges, the family experiences those challenges along with their warrior. We support family members who suddenly find they are serving as full-time supporters or caregivers.
You can help Wounded Warrior Project ® honor and empower Wounded Warriors by hosting a Proud Supporter event, volunteering your time, sending a Thank You note to an injured service member, and much more.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is pleased that the nomination of Mr. Robert McDonald moved quickly and resulted in his confirmation today as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. We applaud his willingness to serve this Nation and its veterans.
We again urge Mr. McDonald to engage quickly and forcefully to seek solutions to the issues that have plagued the VA for decades. Much as he maintained a strong focus on culture at Proctor & Gamble, we hope he will continue that focus in his work at the VA to create a culture that restores veteran trust in the system. In our annual survey, the largest and most comprehensive study of this generation of wounded veterans, our more than 20,000 respondents indicate that the further they move away from their active service, the more they rely on the VA for care, and access to care for both physical injuries and mental health needs has consistently been identified as a major issue for the past five years.
On behalf of the injured veterans and families who have and will continue to benefit from VA’s TBI Assisted Living pilot program, Wounded Warrior Project® is relieved to see that the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees listened to WWP’s calls for action and included a three-year extension of the program in their compromise agreement. This extension provides a reprieve for some of our nation’s most severely injured veterans who would otherwise be evicted from their rehabilitation program in the absence of congressional action, and would reopen the program for those who have been locked out since February.
WWP played an integral role in lobbying Congress to extend this pilot program; because of our efforts to mobilize veterans, supporters, and members of Congress to action, VA will continue providing the rehabilitative care and peace of mind that these veterans and their families have earned and deserve. We are grateful to the Conference Committee for recognizing and acting upon what WWP already knew: that age-appropriate, holistic rehabilitative TBI care is life-changing for this population of warriors and their families.
This year, Wounded Warrior Project committed $30 million to help 250 of our most severely injured warriors who need a lifetime of support. This funding will serve the most severely wounded service members through two initiatives — the INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM and the LONG-TERM SUPPORT TRUST.
Join WWP in our lifetime commitment by signing the WWP pledge form. Simply enter your name and email address and share with your friends and family through your social networks.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has dedicated resources to help Alumni with a healthy recovery. Restorewarriors.org features videos of warriors sharing their personal challenges with PTSD and combat stress. Self-help exercises address common topics such as relationships, shame and guilt, and self-esteem.
Learn more at restorewarriors.org.
Thirty-three percent of WWP Alumni are enrolled in school. In an effort to increase that percentage, the Education Services program provides outreach, information, and self-advocacy skills training to warriors interested in attending or returning to school or who need support while in school. This service is provided to Alumni seeking a degree or other vocational training program through Pathfinder Education Boot Camps.
Two-day Pathfinder Education Boot Camps:
- Explain jargon and terminology related to higher education.
- Examine the landscape of college campuses and specific functions of various offices that provide support to students.
- Explore career options and provide a customized map of career goals that involve higher education.
Once the workshop is completed, the Education Services team provides monthly advice and information to warriors working on their PathMap and seeking to enroll in school to get started on their career goals.
Wounded Warrior Project today submitted a statement for the record before the House Veterans Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.
The statement addresses the Warriors’ Peer-Outreach Pilot Program Act; the Improving Veterans’ Access to Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Act; and the Veterans Education Survey Act of 2014.
To read WWP’s positions on these issues, please click here.
In one of its first actions of the new year, the VA published proposed new rules for its Fiduciary program. Unfortunately, despite longstanding criticism of its approach, VA is not easing its rigid, onerous requirements on non-spousal family members who are both fiduciaries and caregivers.
Wounded Warrior Project is fighting this proposed regulation and has submitted written comments in response to these proposed regulations. We encourage interested family members of wounded veterans to submit comments, as well. To see our statement and learn where to send your comments, please visit: WWP Comment on Proposed VA Fiduciary Regulations.
To learn more about the proposed new rules for VA's Fiduciary program and where to send your comments, please visit: VA Proposes Fiduciary Regulations.
Testimony before the House Veterans Affairs Committee this week calling attention to VA’s inability to accurately and efficiently process veterans’ compensation claims is further evidence that the inefficiencies, mismanagement and manipulation of numbers discovered in the VA scandal at the Phoenix facility are not just present on the healthcare side of VA. Wounded Warrior Project is frustrated that veterans to whom we owe the care and support they earned in service to their country continue to be ill-served by egregious administrative practices.
VA’s mission – and mandate – is to serve and honor the men and women who have served this country and their families – yet VA has instituted smoke and mirror tactics in order to tout improvement, when in fact they are masking the true volume of pending claims by redefining what was considered “backlog” and by only partially adjudicating claims to change them from “pending status.” Rating claims are grouped in several categories based on the type of claim being made.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has for months been warning Congress that a pilot program that’s helping veterans with TBI will end in September unless Congress acts very soon to extend it. If Congress fails to act in time, many of the veterans who have been receiving specialized residential rehabilitative care under this VA-administered pilot will be ejected from the program by September 15th.
We’re doing all we can both to keep this program operating and to open the door to other warriors who need the care but have been “locked out” of the program. You can make a difference for these veterans by taking action!
During these challenging times, it is important to have strong leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is encouraged by President Obama's decision to nominate Mr. Robert McDonald, former CEO of Procter & Gamble, as the new VA Secretary.
As a West Point graduate and long-time supporter of military causes, Mr. McDonald understands service. As an experienced global CEO, he led a corporation with separate and distinct arms of operation, very similar to the VA. He maintained a strong focus on culture at P&G and will need to continue that focus in his work at the VA to restore veteran trust in the system.
We urge Mr. McDonald to engage quickly and forcefully, once confirmed, to seek solutions to the issues that have plagued the VA for decades.
As we have in the past, WWP will continue to be a strong, responsible, constructive voice for this generation of injured service members, families and caregivers and all of America's veterans with respect to the promised care earned through service to our Nation.
In the wake of reports of widespread falsification of records and inappropriate practices, today, Secretary Eric Shinseki tendered his resignation. Wounded Warrior Project® agrees that new leadership is needed in order to swiftly change the culture at VA that seems to tolerate, if not foster, lapses in ethics in providing care to all warriors.
Secretary Shinseki was an exemplary military leader and has been a dedicated public servant. We thank him for his service to our country.
With his departure, the conversation must refocus on what has been missing in the escalating storm of words regarding VA’s inappropriate scheduling practices: the search for root causes of these practices – and for fundamental solutions. Swift, stern discipline is critical. But that in no way assures that veterans across the country will immediately begin receiving timely, effective care. What our warriors tell us is that many VA facilities are simply overwhelmed and the most dedicated VA clinical staff cannot keep pace with veterans’ health care needs.
On December 18, Ralph Ibson, Wounded Warrior Project's National Policy Director, spoke at a press conference on Capitol Hill urging Congress to correct the COLA changes that would adversely impact injured veterans. Below are his comments:
I’m here today on behalf of the more than 50 thousand wounded warriors with whom we at Wounded Warrior Project work. For those warriors who might have read a summary of the budget agreement, the key words were that the COLA changes “would not affect service members who retired because of disability or injury.” The cruel reality, however, is that the budget agreement breaks that promise!
With a generation of veterans with war-related injuries and illnesses reliant on the VA’s health care system, Wounded Warrior Project® is further disheartened by growing reports of systemic problems affecting the timeliness of care at many VA facilities.
The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on May 15, 2014 marked a welcome step -- with Senators demanding answers, and a bipartisan call for continuing Committee oversight. We remain troubled that VA’s Under Secretary for Health – long aware of timeliness issues and of patterns of false reporting to mask performance issues – had no ready answers beyond a commitment to dig deeper.
VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki’s commitment to the system-wide auditing of VHA’s adherence to timeliness requirements and to assessing whether the problems reported at many facilities are due to workforce shortages is an important step forward. However, as WWP has long highlighted, these are not new issues, and veterans continue to encounter delays in accessing mental health care at many facilities.
Continue reading for the full statement.
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