By Kari Hawkins, Redstone Rocket StaffNovember 14, 2008
Community Based Transition Unit Delivers Outpatient Care
The Community Based Warrior Transition Unit, which cares for National Guard and Reserve Soldiers who become injured or ill while on active duty, has been housed on Redstone Arsenal since late 2006.
It is similar to an Army WTU in that it manages the outpatient care and healing of injured or ill Soldiers who no longer require hospital care. But it is different in that it allows National Guard and Reserve Soldiers to live at home and work at their local armories while receiving the medical care they need to return to their unit.
Making this situation possible are the platoon sergeants and case managers who oversee the SoldiersAca,!a,,c care while they are assigned to the CBWTU.
Aca,!A"We remotely manage their medical care,Aca,!A? said National Guard Maj. Betsy Trimble, a case manager at the CBWTU at Redstone Arsenal.
Aca,!A"We do site visits and doctorAca,!a,,cs visits to make sure care is progressing. We take the time to thank the doctors who are taking care of our Soldiers. More often than not the doctors are prior military and this is a way for them to give back.Aca,!A?
While Trimble coordinates the medical care for up to 20 Soldiers, National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Delois Williams supervises the SoldiersAca,!a,,c military service while assigned to the CBWTU. As the platoon sergeant, Williams works with Trimble and another case manager to oversee the needs and requirements of up to 40 Soldiers.
Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cre supposed to get them back to the fighting force. That is the goal of the entire military,Aca,!A? Trimble said. Aca,!A"If not, then we want to make sure they are released back to civilian life with dignity and the ability to care for themselves.Aca,!A?
Trimble and Williams are also involved with annual town hall meetings in each of the CBWTUAca,!a,,cs four states to assist its Soldiers with obtaining information about Army, state and community services and resources. A town hall meeting for all Soldiers of the Redstone Arsenal CBWTU is scheduled with Redstone commander Maj. Gen. Jim Myles on Nov. 17.