USACE, TAMC assist wounded warriors

| February 24, 2011 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. David Weisberg (left), commander, WTB, and Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, USACE-HD, show off the signed MOU to implement a Work Reintegration Volunteer Program for TAMC’s WTB.

Lt. Col. David Weisberg (left), commander, WTB, and Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, USACE-HD, show off the signed MOU to implement a Work Reintegration Volunteer Program for TAMC’s WTB.

Story and Photo by
Joseph Bonfiglio
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs

 

FORT SHAFTER — A memorandum of agreement to implement a Work Reintegration Volunteer Program for Soldiers at the Tripler Army Medical Center’s Warrior Transition Battalion, at Schofield Barracks, was recently signed by Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, and Lt. Col. David Weisberg, commander, WTB.

USACE-HD and the TAMC-WTB developed the Work Reintegration Program to provide civilian workplace opportunities for wounded Soldiers and to help them reintegrate into the civilian workforce.

Selected program candidates from the WTB will be assigned to various USACE-HD organizational positions to learn and develop areas of career interest identified by each Soldier. To implement this program, the district agreed to various support:

•To advertise worksite opportunities to WTB points of contact and present briefings to Soldiers during training sessions;

•To match future goals of selected Soldiers with a comparable training opportunity within the district;

•To provide Soldiers time in their work schedule to attend all appointments, since the wounded warrior’s recovery is the highest priority;

•To conduct periodic after-action reviews with both trainees and supervisors to ensure that this program continues to meet program objectives; and

•To establish training objectives for each wounded warrior and train these Soldiers to meet the objects.

Conversely, the TAMC-WTB agreed to work closely with the district to screen and nominate Soldiers to work as trainees, and to facilitate full and open communication to maintain situational awareness of trainee opportunities within the USACE-HD.

Through the MOU, USACE-HD is helping to support the Army Family Covenant and the Wounded Warrior Program.

In 2007, the Army established the Army Wounded Warrior Program, or AW2, to support returning wounded Soldiers from overseas contingency operations. The Army Medical Command established WTBs on specific installations to serve severely wounded, injured and ill Soldiers, veterans and their families for “…as long as it takes.”

Recognizing that every Soldier is unique, the AW2 assists these Soldiers in transitioning to civilian life and careers, or in returning to duty. In 2009, AW2 served more than 12,000 wounded Soldiers and families in active duty, the National Guard and the Reserves, nationwide.

AW2 assists these Soldiers as they work through treatment, rehabilitation and transition to post-injury life.

“The success of our organization is rooted in our ability to provide AW2 Soldiers and families with the best personalized support possible for as long as it takes,” said Col. Jim Rice, former AW2 program director.

TAMC-WTB Additional Resources
For more information on the WTB, call Sherielee Camacho-Fuentes at 433-8657 or Maj. Mitch Lester at 655-6802. For more details about USACE-HD opportunities, call Maj. Daniel Segura at 438-1069 or Phillip Mun at 438-8386.

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