STAND-TO! Edition: Monday November 4, 2013


Today's Focus:

Warrior Care Month 2013

What is it?

Warrior Care Month, initiated in 2008, is observed by the military services each November. This is a time to reaffirm a commitment to the care and support for wounded, ill or injured service members and their families. The theme for this year's joint observance is Warrior Care - Building a Ready and Resilient Force.

What has the Army done?

The Warrior Transition Command is the lead proponent for the U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition Program. This program enables the Army to provide comprehensive support to wounded, ill or injured Soldiers through medical care, rehabilitation, professional development, and achievement of personal goals.

What efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Across the Army during November, Army leaders will host engagements highlighting the resilience and strength of wounded, ill or injured Soldiers, their families and the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) cadre. At Army installations and in local communities, Warrior Care Month observances will include open houses, media days, and adaptive sports and reconditioning events. A joint-service sitting volleyball competition is planned for Nov. 21 in the Pentagon Athletic Center.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army's Warrior Care and Transition Program helps Soldiers heal and teaches resilience and performance enhancement skills. Resilience and Performance Enhancement training is offered to WTU Soldiers, their families and to WTU Cadre at the Army's 29 WTUs and nine Community Based WTUs (CBWTUs) through local classes, workshops and mobile training teams.

Additionally, a Cadre Resilience Course to provide standardized Resilience Training for new WTU and CBWTU Cadre was created by the Warrior Transition Command. This course, approved by the Army's Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Office, helps cadre develop skills to overcome challenges and to bounce back from adversity. Another focus of the course is to help cadre understand how to mentor Soldiers in WTUs and to create a more resilient environment for healing and transition.

Warrior Care Month is a time for the Army to celebrate the resilience and strength, the wounded, ill or injured Soldiers demonstrate every day, and to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed so much in the defense of the nation.

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Focus Quote for the Day

There is no greater or higher calling than helping our wounded Soldiers heal and transition successfully back to the fighting force or to the community.

- Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commander U.S. Army Medical Command talks about the need to honor the sacrifices and service of the wounded warriors during Warrior Care Month.

Video: Warrior Care Month November 2013

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