STAND-TO! Edition: Monday, March 30, 2015


Today's Focus:

2015 U.S. Army Warrior Trials

What is it?

The 2015 Army Trials, March 29 - April 2, are conducted by Warrior Transition Command, and hosted by Fort Bliss, Texas. About 80 wounded, ill and injured active- duty Soldiers, reservists, guardsmen and Army veterans will compete in archery, cycling, track and field, shooting, swimming, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball. These athletes are competing for a spot on the Department of Defense Warrior Games 2015 Army team, slated for 18-29 June, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia.

Participants in the Army Trials include Soldiers and veterans who have suffered injuries which include upper and lower body, spinal cords, serious medical illnesses, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, and behavioral health illnesses.

The Army Trials demonstrate the importance of the Army's Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP) in the recovery and transition of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers.

What has the Army done?

At 25 Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) across the country, wounded, ill and injured Soldiers have one mission: to heal and prepare for transition. Adaptive reconditioning activities, including adaptive sports, are a valuable recovery tool incorporated into the WTU Soldiers' recovery plans across the Army. Adaptive reconditioning enables healing in a multitude of ways: mentally, personally, emotionally, and physically.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Adaptive sports and reconditioning are linked to a variety of benefits for wounded, ill and injured service members across the military branches:

  • -Decreased stress
  • -Increased self-confidence
  • -Reduced dependency on pain and depression medication
  • -Increased mobility
  • -Higher achievement in education and employment
  • -Promotes relationships with other Soldiers and the community
  • -Promotes new life skills that contribute to successful transitions

Participation in sports, and as part of a team, also helps Soldiers adapt more easily and may lessen behavioral health problems.

Why is this important to the Army?

Not only do the U.S. Army Warrior Trials showcase the resilience, strength and abilities of the Army's wounded, ill and injured, they also highlight the Army's commitment to these Soldiers, veterans and their Families. Army Trials reinforce the commitment of the Army to provide care and transition support for all of its Soldiers wounded, ill and injured.

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Sequestration will undermine readiness, ultimately putting Soldiers' lives and our mission success at risk.

- Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, warning the lawmakers that sequestration would have a detrimental effect on the force, during his testimony before the Senate Armed Services subcommittee, March 25

- Sequestration would force involuntary separation of combat vets

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