February 24, 2017
After a year of extensive roundtable discussions in 2016, a group of community leaders and experts identified 10 of the most prevailing issues facing wounded, ill, and injured troops (WII) over the next five years.
The roundtable discussions provided a forum to help MOAA and interested stakeholders work toward a common goal of improving the overall health and well-being of wounded warriors and their families.
Below are the priorities identified during the discussions:
- Amplify communications and outreach efforts to improve government and public awareness of the WII population and their needs.
- Create a dedicated online forum for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to provide updates and improvements to manage and maintain a robust, real-time National Resource Directory.
- Establish a centralized and uniform process and format for government memorandums of understanding/agreements to maximize partnerships with NGOs and leverage resources and capabilities to respond rapidly to changing demands and real-time needs of those WII to help fill gaps in government support programs.
- Leverage organizational platforms to advocate for a coordinated government research effort on toxic exposure and other service-connected illnesses and diseases.
- Collaboration between the VA and DoD regarding caregiver support, including seamless transition between VA and Dod programs designed to support family caregivers.
- Expand long term care and support service capability within the DoD and VA health systems.
- Establish a short- and long-term integrated federal and civilian health network of care coordination.
- Review the effectiveness of current DoD and VA disability evaluation systems.
- Review the effectiveness of current DoD, military service, and VA WII Programs.
- Evaluate and mitigate disruption in care and benefits for WII among various federal medical benefits, integrating systems where possible, and strengthen collaboration, cooperation, and communications among the agencies.
Many of these are issues MOAA, its partners in The Military Coalition, and other veteran service organizations and roundtable partners have worked for many years
“Thanks to the hard work of our roundtable participants, we were able to identify specific areas in which governmental and non-governmental organizations could address these unmet needs,” said MOAA's director of government relations for veterans and wounded warrior care, Cmdr. René Campos, USN (Ret).
“We can't let current fiscal uncertainties facing our government prevent us from continuing the progress made in caring for our most vulnerable heroes over the last decade,” Campos said.
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