Hiring civilians is an everyday occurrence at Sierra Army Depot, but it is not every day one is hired through the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2). On Nov. 23, 2009, Sean P. Moore, a wounded warrior, began his civilian career at SIAD as a Security Assistant working for the Directorate of Risk Management in the Pass and ID Office. Moore joined the Army in June 2005 as an 11B (Infantry). After two years and a few months of being in the Army, Moore saw his first deployment assignment with the 114th, 25th ID to Iraq from Schofield Barracks only to return stateside less than four months into his tour severely injured. Moore suffered second and third degree burns to his hands and face after the Stryker he was driving hit an improvised explosive device (IED). He and his team were pinned down by gunfire for approximately 45 minutes before he and another Soldier could be transported for treatment of their wounds. Moore was later transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas where he stayed for the next five months and underwent treatment for his burns and some rehabilitation. Upon completion of his treatment for his injuries, Moore went through a medical evaluation program to determine the rating of his disability. During this timeframe, he rejoined his wife, Kassandra and son Austin back at Schofield Barracks. Moore received his disability rating - 50 percent. He knew then his career in the Army was over; however, there was another step he could take that would keep him connected to the Army. The AW2 Program the Official U.S. Army program and only one element of the Army's focus that serves severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans and their Families. Approximately 120 AW2 Advocates are currently located throughout the country, but primarily positioned where there is a large number of AW2 Soldiers. The AW2 was established after the events of 9/11, and intended to support the most severely wounded Soldiers from Overseas Contingency Operations. These Soldiers are expected to receive an Army Disability rating of 30% or greater in specific categories or combined ratings of 50 percent for injuries sustained in combat or are combat related. Moore had heard other Soldiers talk about the AW2 Program while he was recuperating at Brooke Army Medical Center, so once he returned to his home base, he met with an AW2 Advocate. The AW2 Advocate helped Moore put together resumes, help locate VA facilities near his home town of Susanville, Calif., when he left the Army, and finally submit the application to be eligible for the AW2 Program. After a long road of recovery, he and his family returned to their home town in October 2009 and less than 2 months later he was offered a job at the Depot. Moore stated that if it were not for his injuries, he would still be in the Army today. So the next time you are up at the Pass and ID Office, take the opportunity to thank Moore for dedication and selfless service he has given to defend our great country.

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