Community Care Unit opens at Fort Belvoir
April 24, 2014
The Northern Regional Medical Command opened a Community Care Unit at Fort Belvoir April 15 as part of fiscal year 2014 Warrior Transition Units force structure changes. The CCU will support Soldiers from 10 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states from Maine to Maryland.
The Community Care Unit, or CCU, temporarily located in Building 802, realigns the management of Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers healing in their home communities to the Warrior Transition Battalion here.
With the opening of the CCU, Soldiers previously assigned to the Community Based Warrior Transition Units (CBWTUs) will begin realignment to the Fort Belvoir CCU beginning this week. The CBWTU will deactivate in August.
According to Lt. Col. Carl Curriera, commander, 1st Battalion, Warrior Transition Brigade, CCUs will improve the care and transition of Soldiers through standardization, better access to resources, and improving command oversight. No Soldier will be assigned or attached to a CCU if they are medically high-risk patients.
"These Soldiers will continue to receive the benefits of a dedicated unit of warrior transition cadre and medical treatment facility staff, said Curriera. "Soldiers will not physically move as result of being assigned to a CCU, will remain in their home communities, receive care from their current providers, and will not have their care plans changed."
In addition to the CCU at Fort Belvoir, the Northern Regional Medical Command opened a CCU at Fort Bragg, N.C., March 27 and will add two CCU Companies at Fort Knox, Ky., before Sept. 30 as required by Department of the Army. The first Fort Knox CCU should be ready to receive Soldiers by May 1.
Warrior care is both an enduring NRMC mission and remains a priority for the Army. The new Community Care Units are part of the Army's continuing commitment to improving the warrior care transition program and providing the best care and support for our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their Families.