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Toxic Exposure and Mental Health Top Wounded Warrior Project's List of Legislative Priorities

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

Wounded Warrior Project CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington urges Congress to support legislation benefitting veterans.

WWP urged members of the Committees to address six priorities:

Read WWP's full written testimony and learn more about the group's 2022 Legislative Priorities.

"Your actions to address these important issues will have a particularly strong impact on the post-9/11 generation of veterans," Linnington said. "WWP stands by as your partner in meeting the needs of all who served ? and all who support them."

To illustrate the need for Congress to act on these veterans' issues, Linnington highlighted the findings in WWP's latest Annual Warrior Survey, which was released last week. For example, the survey found 98% of warriors reported some exposure to hazardous or toxic substances during military service, and 73% of those deployed in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn reported serving near a burn pit. Moreover, Linnington pointed out that the 2021 AWS found 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. 

About Wounded Warrior Project

Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers ? helping them achieve their highest ambition. Learn more.

SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project

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