By U.S. ArmyApril 25, 2017
BETHESDA, Md. -- More than 600 Soldiers and staff assigned to the Army's Warrior Transition Brigade-National Capital Region since 2007, will return "home" to celebrate the unit's 10th anniversary, May 5, 10 a.m. at the D.C. Armory, 2001 E. Capitol St. S.E.
The Soldiers, many of whom required months and years of care as a result of serious combat wounds, will reunite with Army leaders, medical staff and support personnel who aided them in their return to duty or in their transition to civilian careers.
"Thousands of Soldiers and their families have passed through this very unique unit since April 2007--the first of its kind in the Army," said Col. Christopher Boyle, commander, Warrior Transition Brigade. "They arrive here [at Naval Support Activity-Bethesda or Fort Belvoir] during a challenging transitional period in their lives and in the lives of their families. It is the obligation of every member of my staff to do all we can to support their recovery and to be there for the families in any way we can. It is a sacred trust and an honor to serve these Warriors and their families."
The Warrior Transition Brigade began at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center on April 25, 2007 to better facilitate medical and support services, while maintaining the standards of the United States Army. It was the first unit of its type designed to change the way severely-wounded Soldiers receive medical care and support. Despite injury and illness, many of the Soldiers have one goal in mind--to remain a Soldier in the U.S. Army and nearly 44 percent of the Warrior Transition Brigade's Soldiers return to duty.
Soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Brigade receive care at two of the nation's newest and most comprehensive Department of Defense healthcare facilities--Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.
In addition, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, a Department of Defense organization with facilities near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, supports the clinical care, research and education of service members with traumatic brain injuries and psychological health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress.
The Warrior Transition Brigade is supported by Federal agency partners and non-profit organizations that provide internships, educational, recreational and therapeutic activities to help Soldiers during and after recovery.