JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, today graduated its first class of Veteran Advocates from the organization’s newly launched Advocacy Training Program. The 16-week course trains veterans who have recovered from service-related disabilities to represent other wounded veterans and service members as they navigate the process of filing for access and use of their benefits with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD).
“Wounded Warrior Project’s investment in the Advocacy Training Program allows us to increase the impact our benefits service program has on warriors and their families”
The program, the first of its kind for the post-9/11 generation of warriors, was created to provide the best benefits support to this generation of injured service members through well-trained, highly-informed veteran advocates. With the complexity of both the VA and DoD systems, and the demand for assistance from the thousands of post-9/11 veterans just beginning to access their benefits, the need for a dedicated, informed group of veteran advocates will only continue to grow.
“Wounded Warrior Project’s investment in the Advocacy Training Program allows us to increase the impact our benefits service program has on warriors and their families,” said Frank Logalbo, National Service Director for Wounded Warrior Project. “Each of our Veteran Advocates has been on the other side of the table, and now they are living the WWP logo by utilizing the skills they’ve learned in the program to carry other warriors forward. Thanks to the standards set in our curriculum, they are knowledgeable guides through what can be a confusing process for veterans and their families.”
The Advocacy Training program takes place in Jacksonville, Florida, over a 16-week period. The program educates trainees on key topics such as VA laws and regulations, medical terminology, legal research and writing, speech communications and a week-long training mentorship at a VA Regional Office.
WWP plans to continue to bring in new classes each year. The admissions process is rigorous, with the goal of finding candidates who have a passion for helping other veterans and who can support the demands of a career in veterans benefit support.
WWP covers tuition and all costs associated with the program including housing and travel for selected candidates. Upon successful completion of the Advocacy Training Program, graduates receive a certificate from WWP and have the opportunity to seek a career as an advocate for veteran’s benefits.
“With so many wounded veterans and their families facing life-long issues of care and support, we want them to know we’re there when they need us most.”
Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.