ties, peer-to-peer engagement, and group-centric mental health programs that utilize injured veterans’ greatest tool for overcoming battle-born trauma: each other.
Of course, nonprofit organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project have been offering these life-affirming tools for well over a decade. But why should it be up to private charities to take care of those who battled and bled for their country?
In a political landscape where we can’t seem to agree on anything, it’s likely that anyone - Democrat or Republication would be challenged to find a single service provided by charities like the Wounded Warrior Project that doesn’t deserve the full financial backing of the U.S. government.
We shouldn’t have to pull on the heartstrings, and purse strings, of strangers to care for wounded war veterans in the United States. Their care should be provided, in full, by the American people.
The VA Mission Act is a step in the right direction, but we can - and should go further by expanding the definition of what caring for injured veterans means. Our wounded veterans deserve not only exemplary healthcare, but all the tools they need to re-assimilate into civilian life despite missing limbs or shattered psyches. And to provide them what they are so obviously owed, the wealthiest country in the world should be relying on funding, not fundraising.
Christopher Dale, of Little Falls, New Jersey, writes on society, politics and other issues. This column was written for the Progressive Media Project, which is run by The Progressive magazine.