By Maj. Charles Patterson, Task Force Medical-Afghanistan Public AffairsNovember 26, 2012
KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- Under Secretary of the United States Army, Joseph W. Westphal, and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Lloyd Austin III visited service members serving at the Warrior Recovery Center in Kandahar during their Thanksgiving day circulation.
The distinguished visitors were shown the features of the center, and sat behind the camera and computer terminal of a tele-behavioral health machine.
The Warrior Recovery Center is staffed by the role 3 hospital Navy personnel in conjunction with Army and Air Force personnel from various units. It provides post-concussion care, neurology consultation, mental health, physical and occupational therapy, as well as in-theater post-injury convalescence in order to return service members to duty. The WRC works in conjunction with Combat Operational Stress Control and the Warrior Restoration Program.
The Restoration Program located within the WRC is a behavioral health treatment center focused on assessment, evaluation, and treatment with the goal of return to duty for troops in Afghanistan. The program has consistently achieved greater than 90 percent return to duty rates since opening in February 2012. The program uses tele-behavioral health to continue care after the service member has left the program, as well as to provide consultation to others in theater.
Westphal and Austin signed a sweatshirt to honor the work being done at the center which will hang in the WRC to remind service members of the military's commitment to health care.