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'Army Helps Wounded Warriors Heal Closer to Home' - FRAGO 4 to EXORD 118-07 (Healing Warriors)

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"More than seven generations of them are chronicled here at Arlington. They're etched into stone, recounted by family and friends, and silently observed by the mighty oaks that have stood over burial after burial."

- President Obama, paying tribute to Soldiers, while participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery Monday, May 25, 2009

On Memorial Day

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"NCOs are the backbone of the Army and will be a key to the success of this effort. We will highlight the Army Values and the Warrior Ethos by leading the way in awareness and training to change the Army culture by ridding the force of this crime (sexual assault)."

- Staff Sgt. Victor Danielson, one of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program participants at Fort Belvoir, committed to helping the Army change its culture through its "I.A.M Strong" Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, program

BOSS members partner with SHARP Program

CALENDAR

2009: Year of the NCO

2009: Year of the Military Family

2009: 100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

May 2009:

- National Mental Health Month

- National Military Appreciation Month

- Asia Pacific American Heritage Month

May 24 - 31: National Hurricane Awareness Week

May 25: Memorial Day

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

What is it?

FRAGO 4 is the fourth "fragmentary order" issued from the Army Execute Order (EXORD) 118-07 (Healing Warriors) that established the Army Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP). FRAGO 4 refers to the Army's implementation of refined criteria and instructions for assignment to Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) that will result in more Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers recovering in their hometown, utilizing local civilian health care, but remaining under the supervision of Army unit leaders and medical case managers.

What has the Army done?

The Army established WTUs at most active duty Army posts, and at nine community based Warrior Transition Units (CBWTUs) located around the U.S. CBWTUs have Army cadre and medical case managers comparable to active duty WTUs, but assigned Soldiers normally live at home and undergo treatment in the local civilian Tricare health network. In the past, reserve component Soldiers who were mobilized for active duty deployment and became ill or injured were routinely assigned to the active duty WTU at the mobilization station or Army post where they reported for deployment.

Under the new guidance, commanders of WTUs and Army hospitals who determine Soldiers' eligibility for WTU assignment will have the authority to transfer a wounded, ill or injured reserve component Soldier to the CBWTU or WTU nearest to the Soldier's hometown.

Clinical care requirements will always drive the determination for WTU assignment. Each candidate Soldier undergoes a comprehensive medical evaluation to determine WTU eligibility. If a reserve component Soldier qualifies for retention on active duty for medical reasons but does not require the daily medical care management provided by an active duty WTU or military treatment facility, the Soldier will be assigned to the CBWTU closest to his or her hometown or support network, provided the location has the medical capacity to meet the Soldier's treatment needs. If the Soldier's condition requires daily care management, he or she will be assigned to the active duty WTU at the military treatment facility closest to his or her hometown. Commanders will also have the ability to transfer a reserve component Soldier to a CBWTU from a WTU after the medical condition has been stabilized and the Soldier meets CBWTU eligibility.

Why is this important to the Army?

The new policy enables wounded, ill and injured reserve component Soldiers to undergo treatment and care management closer to hometowns and family support networks, and makes the Warrior Care and Transition Program more compassionate and responsive.

Resources:

Information about FRAGO 4 can be found at: Warrior Transition Command Web site

Warrior Care Page

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