"Military spouses are a large, untapped talent pool. They are motivated, dedicated and high-energy - just what the work force needs. Their career aspirations, too often, are put on hold because the military lifestyle simply gets in the way. We want to change that. These education and training opportunities are a strong step in the right direction."
- Leslye A. Arsht, deputy undersecretary of defense for Military Community and Family Policy
Officials extend spouse career advancement initiative
Wounded Warrior Clothing Support Program (WWCSP)
What is it?
This program was developed to provide our wounded warriors with uniform alterations and modifications at no cost to them according to injuries sustained in combat operations. Wounded warriors who utilize the program can also receive special footwear according to injuries. The program is being implemented at Walter Reed and Brooke Army Medical Centers - where 99 percent of injured Soldiers receive care - in order for Soldiers to take advantage of its services before they complete their recovery treatment.
Many military organizations collaborated over the past months to establish and launch this beneficial program, to include the Department of the Army, offices of the deputy chief of staff, G-4, G-3 and G-1, Clothing and Heraldry Services Office (CSO), Army-Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES), Walter Reed and Brooke Army Medical Centers (WRAMC, BAMC), Army Wounded Warriors program managers, Army Medical Department, office of the Surgeon General and the non-profit organization Sew Much Comfort.
Why is this important to the Army?
The WWCSP supports the Army's commitment to taking care of its own. Our wounded warriors have sacrificed much in service to our nation. We owe it to them to provide the best support possible as they receive care and go through the recovery process.
What has the Army done?
The Army G-4 in partnership with CSO, AAFES and WRAMC has established an enterprise solution to perform alterations and modifications of wounded warrior's uniforms at WRAMC and BAMC.
The Army has implemented the establishment of a line of funding within the warrior transition brigades to purchase special footwear for those Soldiers who have sustained loss of lower extremities.
The WWCSP is beginning today at WRAMC's Wagner Gymnasium and will begin at BAMC on June 30, 2008. AAFES expects to be able to provide this service at all their locations by August 2008.
Points of contact:
Sharon E. Lyons, (703) 692-9563, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Audrey Terry, (703) 614-0927, email: email@example.com
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