By Adrienne AndersonNovember 7, 2012
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Nov. 7, 2012) -- The secretary of Defense designated November as Warrior Care Month in 2008 to inform Soldiers and their Families about services to improve their lives. The Warrior Transition Battalion kicked off the month Friday with the Army Warrior Healthcare Covenant signing at McGinnis-Wickam Hall.
"The Warrior Transition Command's top priority is the welfare of Soldiers -- commitment to the best care and treatment of wounded, ill and injured warriors and commitment to education, training and careers," said Lt. Col. Veronica Kouassi, WTB commander.
"The Army is committed to supporting wounded, ill and injured warriors achieve success in all areas of their lives. With each goal they achieve, Soldiers gain a step forward in their recovery."
"The covenant signing is symbolic and a pact between all of us to do our best for our Army and to do our best for each other," said Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster, Fort Benning's commanding general and guest speaker at the ceremony.
He noted that "shared experiences build cohesive teams that take on the characterization of a family and the covenant aims to extend that whole idea of our experience as a unit, as a family, to all of Fort Benning and across our Army."
McMaster, Col. Jeffrey Fletcher, garrison commander, Col. Timothy Lamb, MEDDAC commander, and Kouassi, signed the covenant.
"Every day we learn the value of the team concept and the importance of great partnerships," Lamb said. "These are partnerships that we share here on Fort Benning and with our surrounding communities everyday to help us do what we absolutely cannot do alone."
The covenant, he said, shows the continued solidarity and commitment between Fort Benning, Martin Army Community Hospital, the WTB, senior leaders and community partners.
Sgt. August Zuanich, a Soldier in the WTB, said he appreciated the service the Soldier and Family Assistance Center gives. SFAC helps wounded, injured or ill Soldiers get the assistance they need.
SFAC opened in its new location on Marne Road in February. It sits alongside the new WTB administration building and WTB barracks on Marne Road.
Zuanich's wife, Karen, said she likes having the Family involved in his recovery.
"All of our wounded (and) injured Soldiers are part of our Family," McMaster said. "We are all working together to help Soldiers succeed in transitioning back into units or to transition successfully into civilian life."
For more information on Soldier and Family Assistance Center services, call SFAC at 706-544-5702 or 706-544-5703.