WASHINGTON Feb. 9, 2011 Iraq Afghanistan
Iraq Afghanistan January 31, 2011
And yet the deadline came and passed, without a hint of action from the VA. And now, help appears to be almost a year away. The VA continues to face unexplained and unacceptable bureaucratic delays while families of our nation’s most severely injured service members continue to wait and suffer.
"If bureaucracy and red tape are delaying help for the families of these brave men and women, that’s inexcusable," Nardizzi said. "If the program is facing budget cuts, that’s even worse. We cannot, and in good conscience, should not balance the budget on the backs of those whom we’ve asked to sacrifice so much for our country."
Every day, family members of injured service members are making great personal sacrifices to provide daily care to their loved ones, often giving up careers and putting their own lives on hold to be long-term, full-time caregivers.
"These caregivers have suffered physically, emotionally, psychologically and financially – many for years," said Nardizzi. "Every day these families are made to wait is a day too long. Until this law is fully implemented and families begin seeing the comprehensive benefits they were promised, Wounded Warrior Project will hold President Obama accountable for the failure to honor his commitment to these military families."
Under the new law, the VA is responsible for providing family caregivers of the most severely injured veterans with help in meeting some of their own basic needs – including training and technical support, respite care, counseling, health coverage, and modest financial support.
December 8, 2010
"Wounded Warrior Project is calling on the White House to cut the red tape, stand by their word and ensure these families will begin receiving the support services they so desperately need and deserve," Nardizzi stated. "We urge concerned Americans to take action."
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