Expansion is on the Horizon
February 23, 2015
Dear Military Mental Health Project Friends and Supporters,
Since the inception of the Military Mental Health Project several years ago, we have achieved some amazing things on behalf of veterans, active duty military members and their families.
Our triumphs have come in victories big and small, from advocating for the passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act Pilot Program to targeted assistance like helping a Veteran in Oklahoma gain access to local community-based services to help with his PTSD.
Initially, our main purpose was to advocate for legislation that would require the Veterans Administration, Department of Defense and TRICARE to adopt new and improved services, programs and benefits specifically for the treatment of mental health-related challenges. As we pushed for these changes through legislation, it became increasingly apparent that in order to create impactful policy we needed to address Veterans and Military mental and physical health care together as a singular entity.
Attempting to focus solely on effective and efficient policy for mental health care, while a positive endeavor, is simply not sufficient. We must approach the connection between mind and body holistically if we expect government to address mental and physical health care equally. As such, in order to accomplish even greater gains for the Military and Veteran community, we have chosen to broaden our focus to encompass every facet of health care.
We are pleased to announce that the Military Mental Health Project will now be known as the Military Health Project, which is devoted to seeking increased access and improved quality of healthcare for all members of the seven uniformed services, veterans and their families. We will do this by advocating for national, statewide and local solutions to address the unique needs of veterans and military communities.
In addition to continuing our legislative advocacy, we will also launch a series of service-based programs to provide direct assistance support to veterans, active duty military and their families.
Thank you for your continued support as the new Military Health Project moves into 2015 and beyond with the mental and physical health of active duty service members, veterans, and their families at the heart of our organization and everything that we do.
The Military Health Project Team