By Ms Stephanie Bryant (Army Medicine)November 21, 2011
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Soldiers and leaders from the Warrior Transition Battalion came together, Nov. 10, to celebrate Warrior Care Month, here.
This year's theme is "Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit: Unlocking Unlimited Potential."
In the morning, the cadre from the battalion met for a relaxing breakfast at the WTB's conference room. The WTB leadership used this time to show their appreciation for the cadre and battalion staff who donate so much of their time to help the warriors in transition.
"The breakfast was a chance for us, cadre, to step away and relax for awhile," said Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Wilhite, WTB platoon leader. "We provide care to our troops 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
Wilhite, who has been with the WTB since July, was a member of the battalion and has transitioned to cadre. He said that having been a member of the WTB has made him a more compassionate leader for the unit.
"I have an understanding of the healing process from both sides of the fence," said Wilhite. "It is motivating to be with these troops every day. They need someone to advocate for them every day and be compassionate during their transition."
The cadre came together with the Soldiers at Martinez Physical Fitness Center for a few hours of fun later in the day. They played wheelchair dodge ball, basketball, and adaptive volleyball.
"You could see how much fun they were having," said Wilhite. "It was all over their faces. I think it is important for the cadre to come together and bond with the Soldiers outside of the work environment."
For Staff Sgt. Antione Crutcher, WTB cadre, ensuring the warriors have a good transition is her top priority.
"It is about being there for the Soldiers for all their different needs," said Crutcher. "We want them to have the best and easiest transition possible, whether it is back to the Army or civilian life."
Crutcher added that the thing she enjoys most about caring for warriors in transition is seeing where they began their journey and the evolution of their healing process as they transition.
In addition to the sports, a community health nurse and two nursing students were on site with an information booth for the troops to ask questions. Also, Army Community Service had an information booth set up for the Soldiers to get brochures for classes and job opportunities.
For a final event in honor of Warrior Care Month, the battalion will be hosting an Under the Stars movie night for the warriors in transition and their families in late November.