Jacksonville, Fla. (March 5, 2015) – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is appalled to learn of yet another allegation of mismanaged claims at The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in a new report from CBS News. CBS News reported widespread mismanagement of VA claims that has led to veterans being denied the benefits they have earned, and according to the report, many veterans have died before they ever received an answer from VA. This CBS News piece is the latest in a string of stories detailing the mishandling of claims and the culture of unaccountability at VA.
“Our nation’s veterans are not receiving the level of care and support they deserve and have earned on the battlefield due to the continued lack of accountability and urgency seen at VA,” said John Roberts, executive vice president of warrior relations at WWP. “We’ve seen story after story in the last six months detailing the broken system and culture at VA, yet we’ve seen no resolution. VA must accept responsibility for the gross mismanagement of claims and tackle head-on the systemic problems that have allowed these lapses in care to occur.”
SAN DIEGO -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride will arrive in San Diego on March 19 for a four-day rehabilitative cycling event. Soldier Ride brings injured veterans from across the country together for a long weekend focused on physical health and wellness, camaraderie, and healing.
The wheels are set in motion with a bike fitting where injured service members are fit with adaptive equipment on March 19 at Hilton Harbor Island. During the three-day event, Wounded Warrior Project provides state-of-the-art cycling equipment to injured service members at no cost, including adaptive hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles to accommodate various injuries and disabilities, as well as upright road bikes for riders not requiring adaptive equipment.
Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2015) – Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) today introduced the Veterans Education Empowerment Act, a bill that would reauthorize a Department of Education (ED) grant program to help institutions of higher education establish, maintain, and improve veteran student centers – dedicated spaces on a college or university campus that provide student veterans or eligible family members with a meeting space and centralized office for services. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is proud to support this bill.
“We thank Senator Tester for his leadership in recognizing the challenges that injured veterans face as they attempt to adjust from active duty military life to life on a college campus,” said Jeremy Chwat, chief program officer at WWP. “We believe these grants will provide the resources needed on campus to help make the transition to college more successful for this generation of wounded warriors.”
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is excited to announce the launch of the sixth Annual WWP Alumni Survey. The information gathered from this year’s survey is critical to fulfilling our mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Based on previous surveys, WWP has improved existing programs and developed new ones for warriors, family members, and caregivers. We will use the results of the 2015 survey to do the same.
You should receive an email in mid-March with your individualized survey link. As a token of our appreciation for taking the time to complete the survey, you will receive a WWP signature key ring!
Please contact the WWP Resource Center with any questions regarding the 2015 WWP Alumni Survey at 888.WWP.ALUM (997.2586) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the results of previous surveys, please click HERE.
Jacksonville, FL (February 12, 2015) – The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) produced documentary mini-series “Wounded: The Battle Back Home” will become available on Internet television network Netflix starting Sunday, February 15, 2015. The project, produced in conjunction with Austin-based Flow Nonfiction, was created to commemorate the 10th anniversary of WWP and focuses on issues of critical importance to this generation of injured service members and their families through personal stories of struggle and resiliency.
“Wounded: The Battle Back Home” is a documentary series that brings to life the experiences of this generation of wounded veterans as they battle both the visible and invisible wounds of war. Each episode of the series allows viewers to follow these inspiring individuals as they navigate their post-war lives in a society that struggles to understand them and a system that is failing to support them. In addition to physical injuries, the series highlights the invisible wounds that our nation’s service members battle as they transition from the military to civilian life, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST).
Washington, D.C. (February 12, 2015) – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) joined President Obama, veterans, and mental health advocates today at the White House for the signing of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (SAV Act), which will help provide better support to injured veterans suffering from the invisible wounds of war, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
WWP is encouraged to see overwhelmingly bipartisan progress in efforts to improve mental health care and services and suicide prevention programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD). WWP worked closely with members of Congress to include provisions that authorize the VA to conduct a student loan repayment pilot program aimed at recruiting and retaining psychiatrists, and to establish a peer support and community outreach pilot program to assist transitioning service members with accessing VA mental health care services.
Washington, D.C. (February 11, 2015) – Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) today introduced the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015, a bill that would expand the treatment and care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); provide fertility treatment for spouses of severely wounded veterans; provide adoption assistance for veteran families; and make permanent a veterans child care services pilot program at VA. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is proud to support this bill.
“We thank Senator Murray for her leadership in recognizing the devastating toll that service-incurred injuries can have on a warrior or spouse’s ability to start a family,” said Charlie Abell, executive vice president of Policy and Government Affairs at WWP. “In our decade-long experience working daily with this generation of wounded warriors, we know there is a need to provide reproductive services and adoption assistance to assist in helping severely wounded, ill, or injured veterans with fertility conditions to have families.”
Washington, D.C. (February 3, 2015) – The Senate today unanimously passed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (SAV Act), by a vote of 99-0. The SAV Act combats the scourge of mental health injuries – the invisible wounds of war – that face this generation of injured veterans, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
We are particularly encouraged to see provisions in the SAV Act that improve mental health care and services and suicide prevention programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) in several ways. Among its provisions, the bill would: authorize VA to conduct a student loan repayment pilot program aimed at recruiting and retaining psychiatrists, and establish a peer support and community outreach pilot program to assist transitioning service members with accessing VA mental health care services.
Houston -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride will return to Houston on March 5 for a three-day rehabilitative cycling event. Soldier Ride brings injured service members from across the country together for a long weekend focused on physical health and wellness, camaraderie, and healing.
The event begins on March 5 with a bike fitting where injured service members are fit with adaptive equipment. That evening the public can join service members and Wounded Warrior Project staff at Space Center Theatre for a viewing of the film “Welcome to Soldier Ride” that documents how this inspirational ride began. Soldier Ride began as a one-man affair, when Chris Carney, working as a bartender at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY, decided he wanted to do something to help returning veterans. He biked across the country in 2004, raising funds for Wounded Warrior Project.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., January 30, 2015 – Nissan's touching "With Dad" campaign, a 90-second, family-focused commercial kicked off during "The Big Game" this weekend. The "With Dad" campaign focuses on the difficult task of balancing work and life for families everywhere. Join us in celebrating your love #withdad.
In conjunction with the campaign, Nissan is donating $500,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to help families of wounded veterans build better futures for themselves. The contribution will be used to support the 20 WWP programs and services offered to injured service members and their families, which focus on Mind, Body, Economic Empowerment and Engagement.