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
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.
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ABOUT THE ARMY
- Suicide awareness guide now available for leaders (The U.S. Army)
- Adjutant general says every absentee vote counts (The U.S. Army)
- 3rd ID assumes responsibility of MND-North (The U.S. Army)
- Army reservist chooses deployment over college (Los Angeles Times)
- Fort Hood unit wins Secretary of Defense maintenance award (The U.S. Army)
- Girding for an uphill battle for recruits (The Washington Post)
- Where snipers meet to compete (Wall Street Journal)
- IEDs, MRAPs boosting spinal injuries (Army Times)
- Mullen: Obama has time to make decision on Afghanistan troops (Christian Science Monitor)
- Mullen: Afghanistan troop decision likely in a 'few weeks' (GovExec.com)
- Roadside bombs frustrate U.S., spur review of defense (Bloomberg.com)
- Armored troop carriers unsuited for Afghan duty (The Washington Times)
- U.S. troops fight 4-hour battle at Afghan village (The Washington Post)
- Up to the challenge: New Scott unit takes on tough mission in Afghanistan (Belleville (IL) News-Democrat)
- Iraq surge could be model for Afghan war: U.S. admiral (Yahoo)
- U.S. keeps a low profile ahead of Iraq elections (Los Angeles Times)
- Pentagon expected to request more war funding (New York Times)
- H1N1 vaccine arrives for troops in war zones, but not enough (CNN)
- Mullen calls for better PTSD care (Newport News Daily Press)
- Military Family Caucus has Mullen’s OK (Army Times)
- Military updating tactics on trauma (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
- National Guard medics get hands-on training far from front lines, in Illinois (Chicago Tribune)
- Program allows wounded veterans to continue service (The U.S. Army)
- Honors even as John Faulkner soldiers on (The Australian)
- Faulkner rules out Afghan troop increase (Australian Broadcasting Corp.)
- Afghan strife makes U.N. relocate (BBC)
- British forces hunt rogue Afghan policeman (London Daily Telegraph)
- Audio: Afghan police: 'They're trying to train people who aren't really up to standard' (The Guardian)
- U.N. set to call for investigations into Gaza war by Israel and Palestinians (The Guardian)
- Settlements 'end two-state hopes' (Al Jazeera)
- To strengthen bonds, top Obama officials line up for India (Indian Express)
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