By John Rosenberg, DCS, Warrior Care and TransitionOctober 17, 2016
Arlington, VA -- Each November the Army honors wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their Families by commemorating Warrior Care Month. Warrior Care Month highlights the resilience and strength of these Soldiers and their Families and caregivers.
This year's theme is "Show of Strength." Throughout the month the Army will host events honoring these men and women, highlighting their contributions, sacrifices, recoveries, and transitions back to the force or transitions as successful Veterans.
Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command Lt. Gen. Nadja West states "Our fundamental tasks are in promoting, improving, conserving, or restoring the behavioral and physical well-being of those entrusted with our care." According to West, "If we do not get this right, it does not matter what else we get right."
The Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS), Warrior Care and Transition (WCT) ensures that wounded, ill and injured Soldiers assigned to Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) receive world class care and services. Warrior care means building resilience and ensuring Soldiers are strong in mind, body and spirit.
Since 2007 the Army's Warrior Care and Transition Program has provided the best possible support to wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their Families throughout the recovery and transition process. This scalable, comprehensive program supports a Soldier-centric process of medical care, rehabilitation and professional development through:
• 14 WTUs at major military treatment facilities across the United States, including 9 Community Care Units where Soldiers can recover in their local communities near their Families and support systems
• Personalized Comprehensive Transition Plans for each WTU Soldier, with short- and long-term objectives that focus on a holistic approach in the following domains: career, physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and family
• Professional cadre that spans all aspects of medical and non-medical care
• The Army Wounded Warrior Program, established in 2004, which provides personal support to the most severely wounded, ill or injured Soldiers and their Families, including into Veteran status
• Adaptive sports and reconditioning programs at WTUs which enable Soldiers to improve physically and mentally and contributes to a successful recovery and transition
• A Career and Employment Readiness program that enables Soldiers to return to school, earn civilian certifications, and/or participate in internships to gain civilian work experience
The Army will kick-off the observance on social media the week of October 17. Warrior Care Month events include the annual joint services wheelchair rugby exhibition slated for November 14 at Joint Base Andrews. On November 16 the Pentagon will be the scene of a career fair and athlete/staff social, followed on November 17 by a sitting volleyball tournament. Further information on events in the National Capitol Region and at WTUs across the United States is available on the WCT website at http://www.wtc.army.mil/ .
The DCS, WCT mission is to serve as the Army's proponent for Warrior Care and Transition; provide centralized oversight, guidance, and advocacy empowering wounded, ill or injured Soldiers, Veterans, and Families through a comprehensive transition plan for successful reintegration back into the force or into the community with dignity, respect and self-determination. For more information on WCT, visit the WCT website, www.wtc.army.mil follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/armyWCT or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/armyWCT.