September 29, 2021

Duckworth Highlights Importance of Supporting Veterans’ Mental Health During Operation Enduring Service Panel Discussion


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) emphasized the importance of helping our nation’s Veterans protect and improve their mental health as part of an Operation Enduring Service panel discussion hosted by The Mission Continues. During the virtual question and answer session, Duckworth spoke with Army Veteran and Wounded Warrior Project Chief Program Officer Jennifer Silva about her years-long efforts to support the wellbeing of Veterans in Illinois and across the country, the importance of continued service after leaving military service, as well as the federal resources available to Veterans.

“Our country has a duty to help provide Veterans with the support and resources they deserve after they take off their uniform—especially during these trying times,” Duckworth said. “I appreciated this important discussion today, and I will keep working to help address the challenges our Veterans face in every corner of Illinois and across our country.”

Duckworth is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and Chair of the SASC Airland Subcommittee and has consistently worked to help our military servicemembers and Veterans. As a Congresswoman, she coauthored the bipartisan Clay Hunt SAV (Suicide Prevention for American Veterans) Act, which passed both the House and Senate unanimously and was signed into law to improve mental healthcare services for Veterans and reduce Veteran suicide.

The Mission Continues is a national non-profit Veterans organization that engages Veterans through volunteering, education and community outreach. Operation Enduring Service, launched by The Mission Continues to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, is a campaign that acknowledges twenty years of Veteran community service and encourages twenty more.