Washington, D.C. (November 5, 2014)– With the 2014 midterm elections now behind us, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) urges our lawmakers — both the current members of the 113th Congress and the incoming members of the 114th Congress — to reflect upon Washington’s long-standing commitment to our nation’s injured veterans, to consider the challenges they continue to face, and to seek bipartisan solutions that honor their service and sacrifice and prioritize their needs.
There is much more work to do to meet President Lincoln’s call – and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ mandate – “to care for him who shall have borne the battle.” There can be no higher priority than to help our wounded veterans fully recover, readjust, and rehabilitate their lives.
“The 113th Congress has had several legislative accomplishments related to veterans issues — especially in regard to the myriad of new policies within the bipartisan Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014 — but much work remains,” said Steve Nardizzi, CEO of Wounded Warrior Project. “Just as many injured warriors are still on a road to full recovery, policymakers are still on a road toward closing gaps in care and access, and eliminating barriers that impede injured veterans’ recovery and reintegration.”
Reflecting the experience of injured veterans and their caregivers, WWP will continue to focus on four key policy priorities:
Echoing President Lincoln’s call, the mission of WWP is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, and our vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. We look forward to working with both Congresses to achieve these vital policy priorities.