Leaders renew warrior health care covenant
November 6, 2013
FORT BENNING, Ga., (Nov. 6, 2013) -- Top leaders at Fort Benning signed the Army Warrior Healthcare Covenant Friday, renewing their dedication to improving the quality of care for Soldiers and their Families. November is Warrior Care Month.
"This month reminds us to take a moment and rededicate ourselves to our creed to never leave a fallen comrade," said Lt. Col. Kyle Feger, Warrior Transition Battalion commander. "To follow through with our bond, our covenant states we will always take care of our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and Family members with the utmost care and compassion."
The Army Warrior Healthcare Covenant was established in 2007.
Col. Scott Avery, MEDDAC commander, said taking care of Soldiers was their No. 1 priority.
"We recognize that the last 13 years have taxed our Soldiers and our Families," he said. "We recognize, treat the invisible wounds of war and … help our teammates cope with the daily rigors of Army life. We gather today to renew our pledge of commitment to our fine Soldiers and their Families."
Less than 1 percent of the nation serves, said Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster, Fort Benning's commanding general and guest speaker at the event.
"It is unprecedented in our nation where we would rely on so few to fight enemies for so long," he said.
McMaster said it's important to remain strong in order to defeat the enemies of all civilized people through trust and teamwork and the partnership with the community -- those whose freedom Soldiers fight for.
"It's really all of our commitment as individuals to be tough, to set high standards for ourselves and our fellow Soldiers and then meet those expectations," he said.
Feger said he sees WTB Soldiers every morning at the gym.
"They inspire me everyday to be happy with the blessings we all have and to drive on in the face of adversity," he said.