ARLINGTON, Va. – Despite all of the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented, the Army Recovery Care Program reached major milestones in 2020.
ARCP redesigned programs and activities to be provided safely during a global pandemic, while simultaneously completing a restructure. Needless to say, the past year was full of challenges to overcome and opportunities to innovate.
In the midst of the novel coronavirus, ARCP offered an average of 350 adaptive reconditioning activities every week. Nearly 1,200 Soldiers participated in programs such as archery, tai chi and equine therapy, and groups like Bible study and pain management.
Soldiers are always the top priority. ARCP has helped approximately 80,000 Soldiers with their recovery journeys since 2008.
“Our Soldiers have been and continue to be our primary focus,” said Col. Curtis Douglass, Deputy Chief of Staff for the Army Recovery Care Program, U.S. Army Medical Command. “Every day, they approach their recoveries with bold determination, and we are committed to doing the same as we provide them with the vital support and resources needed to truly overcome.”
ARCP was also recognized for its accomplishments within and beyond the program. In August, Soldiers Maj. Jemah Parker and Master Sgt. Starrenzo Cummings were coined by the Army Surgeon General for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic. They compiled reports for the Surgeon General and performed Watch Officer shifts to support the 24/7 Operations Center Watch Team.
In 2020, ARCP restructured to focus on its central mission of complex case management for wounded, ill and injured Soldiers. This effort was accomplished with the help and support of all 14 SRUs and entailed a holistic review and comprehensive reform.
Warrior Transition Units held reflagging ceremonies and became Soldier Recovery Units. The ceremonies marked a significant milestone in ARCP’s restructure, which began in November 2019 and culminated in the program reaching full operational capability on Oct. 1, 2020.
In September, ARCP was presented with the Wolf Pack Award for demonstrating effective teamwork and excellence during the restructure.
“Restructuring helps us keep the commitment we made to Soldiers today, tomorrow and in the years to come,” Douglass said.
ARCP is optimistic about the future and excited about the possibilities 2021 holds for our Soldiers. We remain as dedicated as ever to being the premier program for the healing and transition of the U.S. Army’s wounded, ill and injured Soldiers.
The Army Warrior Care and Transition Program is now the Army Recovery Care Program. Although the name has changed, the mission remains the same: to provide quality complex case management to the Army's wounded, ill and injured Soldiers.
Learn more about one Soldier Recovery Unit’s Bible study group by visiting this link: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/374684/song-lyrics-bible-verses-and-coronavirus-conversations-group-sessions-help-arcp-soldiers-recover-and-overcome
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Visit this link to find out more about the Army Surgeon General coining ceremony for two ARCP Soldiers: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/378864/army-surgeon-general-coins-two-arcp-soldiers-covid-19-support
Visit this link to find out more about the ARCP’s Wolf Pack Award presentation: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/380882/army-recovery-care-program-earns-wolf-pack-award
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