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Warrior Care Month - November 2009

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"At some point in your career, that profession changes into a passion. A passion to prepare for and execute our nation's wars in defense of our nation's freedom, and a passion to truly take care of our Soldiers and their families."

- Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, the new commander of Installation Management Command as well as Army's assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, or ACSIM

IMCOM changes command

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"It’s really amazing how as soon as you make the choice to get help and address the issue, that things start falling into place."

- Staff Sgt. Megan Krause, hopes to help other servicemembers by telling her story of seeking help when post-traumatic stress had her spiraling out of control, is a part of the “Real Warrior” campaign which aims at getting the word out to servicemembers about post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological trauma

Medic hopes her story helps others

CALENDAR

2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

November 2009

Military Family Appreciation Month
National Native American Month
Warrior Care Month
Veteran's Day Week


Nov. 11: Veteran's Day

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Warrior Care Month - November 2009

What is it?

Warrior Care Month is a concerted effort by the Army's Warrior Transition Command (WTC) to educate wounded, ill,and injured Soldiers and their families about the transition assistance programs available to them during and after their assignment to a Warrior Transition Unit (WTU)-or as an Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) Soldier. Throughout November, WTUs and AW2 will be conducting a variety of local events and activities to educate and motivate Warriors in Transition (WTs) to take advantage of education, employment and internship opportunities that promote a successful transition back to duty or into civilian life as a productive veteran.

What has the Army done?

Over the past two years, the Army has transformed its approach to Warrior Care by implementing a network of WTUs on Army posts, and community-based WTUs around the country that provide dedicated leadership and outpatient care management to wounded, ill and injured Soldiers. For severely injured/ill Soldiers and their families, AW2 provides a personal advocate that interacts with the community to establish support networks and helps each Soldier pursue education and employment opportunities in his or her community after separation.

What has the Army planned for the future?

The Army is focusing on the transition aspect of Warrior Care, which emphasizes capabilities-not disabilities-of transitioning Warriors:
- The Army is implementing a Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP) for each WT, which provides a personal roadmap for recovery and transition and helps Soldiers and families position themselves for success in the next phase of their lives.
- The Army is working with universities, the private sector and other government agencies to provide special employment, education and internship opportunities to WTs.
- The Army is implementing enhancements to the Medical Evaluation Board/Physical Evaluation Board processes that will result in greater efficiency and more opportunities for continued service in uniform.
- The Army is participating in the Disability Evaluation System (DES) Pilot program that creates a single medical evaluation recognized by both the DoD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The pilot is resulting in more consistent disability ratings and reduction in the amount of time it takes for a Soldier to receive benefits.

Why is it important to the Army?

By setting personal goals and achieving success, WTs and their families emerge from their treatment and rehabilitation with additional skills and a positive attitude to continue to serve-either in uniform or as a productive veteran.

Resources:

Army's Warrior Transition Command

Warrior Care News

Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)

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