Warrior Care Month focuses on building readiness

| November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command
News Release

Warrior Care Month

Warrior Care Month

Alexandria, Va. — This November, the Army honors wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their families by commemorating Warrior Care Month.

This year’s theme is “Warrior Care — Building a Ready and Resilient Force.”

“Caring for wounded, ill or injured Soldiers and their families is a sacred obligation and an enduring mission,” said Brig. Gen. David Bishop, Assistant Surgeon General for Warrior Care, and commander, Warrior Transition Command (WTC).

“Each of these Soldiers contributes to the strength of our Army,” Bishop added, “and we’ve built a robust program that gives each one the dedicated time and place to heal and transition.”

Events will be held across the Army, this month, honoring these men and women and highlighting their experiences in Warrior Transition Units (WTUs), with a focus on their resilience and the contributions they make to the readiness of the force.

Since 2007, the Army Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP) has provided the best possible support to each Soldier and family throughout the recovery and transition process.

This scalable, comprehensive program supports a ready and resilient force through the following efforts:

•Twenty-nine WTUs and nine Community-Based WTUs (CBWTUs) currently serving more than 7,500 Soldiers.

•Personalized Comprehensive Transition Plans (CTPs) for each WTU Soldier, with short- and long-term goals for each of six domains of life (physical, social, emotional, spiritual, family and career).

•A professional cadre spanning all aspects of medical and non-medical care.

•The Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2), which provides personal support to the most severely wounded, ill or injured Soldiers and their families, even into veteran status.

•Establishing adaptive sports and reconditioning programs at WTUs to enable Soldiers to build self-confidence and see how much they can still accomplish.

•Developing a Career and Employment Readiness program that enables Soldiers to return to school, obtain civilian certifications or participate in internships to gain civilian work experience.

•Returning more than 26,000 Soldiers (47 percent of all WTU Soldiers) to duty.

•Supporting more than 56,000 Soldiers through WTUs in the last six years.

WTC is a major subordinate command under the U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM). Its mission is to develop, coordinate and integrate the WCTP for wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, veterans and their families.

Locally, the Warrior Transition Battalion, Tripler Army Medical Center, provides mission command, primary care and case management to recovering Soldiers so that they may make a timely return to the force or transition to civilian life.

 

Warrior Care Month events

The Army and other military services kicked off Warrior Care Month with social media events, last week.

Activities continue throughout the month, including the third annual Joint Service Sitting Volleyball Competition at the Pentagon Athletic Center in Washington, D.C., Nov. 21.

More information on events at Warrior Transition Units across the country is available at www.wtc.army.mil/.

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