Wounded Warrior Projects (WWP) top priority is getting desperately needed legislation passed by Congress to provide critical support to family caregivers of severely wounded warriors including those with catastrophic injuries such as severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Spinal Cord Injury, and others.
Over the past 4 years, WWP has listened to the needs and concerns directly from family caregivers of critically injured service members from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Respite care, mental health counseling, technical assistance, health care coverage and a modest stipend, can make the difference between a warrior being able to receive the care and services they need in their own homes and communities rather than in institutional or nursing home settings.
A bi-partisan bill, (S.801) is currently awaiting action in the United States Senate. This bill acknowledges and fully supports the vital role of the family caregiver for the warriors well-being and will provide long term support and services for our severely wounded warriors and their family caregivers.
With your help, progress has been made but more is needed. To date, 24 Senators co-sponsored this legislation we need the support of your U.S. Senator. This country owes it to our service members to take care of those who care for them.
You have the opportunity to help and make a life changing impact on our wounded warriors and their families.
Contact your Senators NOW to let them know how strongly you support the Caregiver and Veterans Health Services Act of 2009 (S. 801) and its supports and stipend for family caregivers.
To do so, please call the US Capitol Switchboard, at 202-224-3121, and ask to speak with the Senator from your state. You can also use or adapt the text of a sample letter to print and hand out or post, to which I have provided a link www.woundedwarriorproject.org/caregivers
Please call immediately and encourage others to do the same. Your grassroots action can make the difference!
I have also set up a store front where you can purchase mugs and soon tshirts and other items, and 100% of the profit will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project. Link is in the description of this video.
The new mugs are beautifuly designed with an eagle proudly pictured on the front, on one side is the RantForAmerica Logo which symbolizes earth, strength and trust. We are all one.
The other side proudly displays the Wounded Warrior Project Logo, showing everyone that you proudly support our wounded heros. If you wish to donate further,
A link to donate directly to the Wounded Warrior Project is in the description.
This is not about whether or not you support the wars, it is about injured soldiers who need your help.
So please, order a mug, or donate directly, these are our husbands and wives, brothers, sisters, family, friends and loved ones.
Please read and click link to sign this Petition! Post it on your Blogs!
To President Obama:
We, the undersigned U.S. war veterans and patriotic Americans, petition you with one simple request:
Listen to the commander on the ground in Afghanistan—General Stanley A. McChrystal—and provide him with the troops he says he needs to win the war in Afghanistan.
By accepting the troop recommendations of General McChrystal—and his boss General David Petraeus—we have a chance to turn the war in Afghanistan around. This is a moment in history we must not miss.
Like General Petraeus in Iraq, General McChrystal is an outside-the-box thinker who thrives in the ambiguity of asymmetrical battlefields. Like General Petraeus in Iraq, General McChrystal has the right strategy—a comprehensive counterinsurgency plan.
In 2007, General Petraeus was given the troops he needed (the "Surge") to win, and Iraq has turned around—resulting in dramatically lower U.S. casualties, a more stable Iraq, and a drawdown of American forces.
General McChrystal—and all our brave Soldiers and Marines on the ground—deserve the same chance to win in Afghanistan. They deserve the additional troops needed to turn a winning strategy into a winning result.
We fully acknowledge that the war in Afghanistan has been tough, and is currently headed in the wrong direction. And as you have said, it has been under-resourced, under-funded, and under-manned for years. You have also said that it is a war we must win. We agree on all fronts.
Unlike Iraq, there was consensus at the beginning of the war in Afghanistan that America must be successful in toppling the Taliban and dismantling Al Qaeda, for the safety of our country. Eight years later, the consensus on the war in Afghanistan is fractured; however we believe—as do you—that the need for victory has not changed.
During this time of domestic uncertainty and global threats, winning the war will require steadfast Presidential leadership; a Commander-in-Chief who is unwilling to be swayed by lagging poll numbers or party leaders who want to block troop increases.
Now is the time for your leadership. If you listen to commanders on the ground, give them what they need, and stand behind our warriors in Afghanistan—we will stand with you. If you don't, and would rather fight the "war of necessity" with one hand tied behind our back, then we will loudly object.
Many—in fact a majority—said the war in Iraq was "unwinnable," yet our troops persevered and turned the tide. Despite the drumbeat of detractors—on both sides of the aisle—this is another war we can win. But we must act now.
We owe it to the Marines and Soldiers slogging it out with insurgents every day to get this right. If we do, they'll fight, they'll persevere, and they'll win. If we don't, we are setting them up for failure. No less than America's greatness—and the legacy of America's finest warriors—is at stake.