Skip to main content
It's our 20th anniversary and it's been our honor to serve post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their families. Learn More >
Contact Us Español Search Button, click here to go to the Wounded Warrior search page. This link will take you to another page.
Latest News
Mar 6, 2024

Warriors On Capitol Hill This Week Advocating for Mental Health, Financial Wellness, and Access to Care WASHINGTON, March 6, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) CEO Lt. Gen....

Jan 16, 2024

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is investing over $100 million in evidence-based care for veteran mental health and brain injuries. The funding will make it possible for more post-9/11 veterans to...

Jan 11, 2024

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Board of Directors announced today that Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Walter E. Piatt will be WWP's new chief executive officer, effective March 18, 2024. In August 2023, WWP...

Toxic Exposures Coalition Announces New Legislation

Toxic Exposures in the American Military

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) coalition announced that toxic exposure legislation has been officially introduced to the Senate, with Sen. Thom Tillis acting as the main bill sponsor. S. 4393 TEAM Act of 2020 will:

  • Expand health care access to veterans for illnesses related to toxic exposures.
  • Permanent reauthorization of Section 1116 of Title 38.
  • Establish a commission to review presumptive disabilities caused by toxic exposures.
  • Provide veterans online access to their individual longitudinal exposure record.
  • Require VA to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to study the impact of toxic exposures in humans.
  • Create a toxic exposures questionnaire to be administered during VA primary care visits.
  • Use the National Artificial Intelligence Institute to identify high risk groups by comparing VA health records and DoD exposure records.
  • Establish a list of resources for care for veterans exposed to toxic substances.

"The TEAM coalition has made great strides since we launched this effort last June, and we're all very proud of the work we have done collectively," said Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington. "We're honored to stand alongside Sen. Tillis and others, who are championing this necessary reform to help those coping with these specific wounds of war."

The TEAM coalition formed last year to track data and advocate for legislation related to harmful environmental exposures during military service. WWP has supported this effort as an organizer and advocate, partnering with 29 member organizations to craft legislation and find solutions on behalf of the thousands of veterans affected by chemical and toxic exposures.

Supporting the TEAM coalition are Jon Stewart, former Daily Show host and comedian, and John Feal, longtime advocate for 9/11 first responders and founder of the FealGood Foundation.

"The TEAM coalition is working to ensure that veterans returning from war find the resources, support, and care that they desperately need," Stewart said. "We have nearly 20 years of science on what these toxic exposures did to the lungs and organs of the first responders and survivors of 9/11. None of those who served our nation, whether first responder or soldier, should have to battle their own government to get their conditions recognized."

"This legislation is an important first step toward resolving the tremendous health crisis caused by toxic exposures," Feal said. "I'm confident that our combined efforts, along with the support of the warriors we collectively serve and the members of Congress who believe in our work, will bring about the change we want to see, which America's ill and injured veterans desperately deserve."

To date, there are more than 210,000 post-9/11 veterans enrolled in the VA's Burn Pit Registry, and thousands more remain sick without proper access to VA health care. To learn more about the partner organizations within the TEAM coalition, and how they're working with our nation's leaders to improve the lives of wounded, ill, and injured veterans, click here.


SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project

For further information: Mattison Brooks, Communications Specialist,, 202.969.1120

Here are Wounded Warriors Social Links, if you want to share this page content on social media then select the media you would like to share to from the list below