Each year, over fifty thousand American law enforcement officers will sustain injuries from assault and on the job accidents ranging from minor to catastrophic. Most Americans assume that in the event of sustaining on-duty injuries, law enforcement agencies and the local, county, and state governments which employ them would be responsible for taking care of them, financially, medically, and psychologically as these injuries are incurred while serving the people they swore to protect.

Unfortunately, the reality is often quite different. Officers who are injured, often lose a major portion of their salaries during their healing process (if the injuries are only temporarily disabling) and also lose the ability to earn enough to feed their families.

In addition to physical injuries, many more officers are affected by PTSI (Post Traumatic Stress Injury). We use the term PTSI as opposed to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)because the condition is often treatable to the point of it NOT becoming a “disorder” but in many cases it too becomes an incapacitating injury.

It is an unfortunate fact that many law enforcement agencies and their leaders attach a stigma to PTSI. Some refuse to approve treatment resulting in a host of other problems including suicide. The scope of the injustice facing the men and women who proudly serve their country and their communities relating to on-duty physical and emotional injuries and disablement is almost unfathomable. It is a national tragedy and has been unaddressed in any meaningful way by the federal government and many state governments. That is why The Wounded Blue exists to correct this injustice by fighting for our injured law officers.