Bipartisan champions in Congress have introduced the Accelerating Veterans Outdoors Recovery Act (H.R. 2435, S. 1263), to promote healing outdoors for our nation’s veterans.

Research shows that time spent outdoors improves mental and physical well-being. If this bill passes, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs would establish an interagency task force to make recommendations on how to use public lands to support medical therapy for veterans. The task force would help ensure veterans have ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation on public lands, by identifying barriers to access, and fostering opportunities for collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and public lands agencies.

Right now, the list of cosponsors for this important bill is growing and more are needed to ensure its success. Will you contact your Representative and Senators and urge them to cosponsor this legislation and support it as it moves through the House and Senate?

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