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As part of the recently passed Veterans COMPACT Act, the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act makes outdoor recreation therapy more accessible to military veterans.
Recently, the president made a major legislative effort to better serve military veterans. And within that legislation is a concerted plan to improve veteran access therapeutic outdoor programs.
The Veterans COMPACT Act creates new channels of communication between veterans and the VA, implements programs and policies for better health care, and focuses on transitional aid, veterans suicide prevention, women’s reproductive health care, and more.
As part of this effort, the Law to Accelerate Outdoor Veterans Recovery establishes a task force between the Home Office and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The focus will be on identifying opportunities for therapeutic care over recreation on public land.
The bipartisan law was introduced by US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) And US Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.).
“The passage of this bill is great news for the Nevada veteran communities who are increasingly turning to outdoor recreation as a priority for their physical health and mental well-being,” said Senator Cortez Masto.
“Spending time outdoors in Nevada’s beautiful landscapes can be therapeutic, and this bill will make it easier for trauma veterans to obtain the resources they need to keep pristine public spaces in Nevada and across America to heal and benefit from it. “
The law requires Chairs to report to Congress on the preliminary results of the Task Force no later than 180 days from the date the Task Force was established.
By Nicole Qualtieri
Nicole Qualtieri lives in Montana and is GearJunkies Hunt + Fish Editor. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s likely hunting, fishing, or sitting on the back of her little brown horse with a border collie named Butch Cassidy on her heel in the mountains. Find her on Instagram @nkqualtieri.