Warriors in the Warrior Transition Unit

Wednesday January 30, 2008

What Is It?
Changes in the Army's health care delivery system have become visible, even to the untrained eye. What's more, the Warriors in Transition (WTs) and Families under the care of that system have begun to feel the results of those changes.

- Warriors in Transition and their Families focus on healing.
- WTs get individualized treatment from the Triad of Care.
- A physician, nurse case manager, and military squad leader participate actively in the Soldier's and Family's healing process.
- The WT responds better because of the attention the Triad pays to details.
- Morale increases as success occurs more quickly.

What Has The Army Done?
It has listened. The Army has adopted many procedures from private sector health care and from lessons learned in military treatment facilities, to open communication channels between WTs and medical decision-makers:

- Encourage WTs and Families to express exactly what their needs are.
- Treat each person according to those individual needs.
- Ensure Triad members communicate with one another on the treatment.
- An ombudsman listens to WTs, Families, and the Triad, when things don't work the way they ought to, then recommends improvements in the process.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
More changes. Continuing to listen will refine the processes now in place which work so well. The Army will add specialized caregivers as they become available in the system and will continue to add services as resources permit. This will give WTs greater access, within the WTU, to more services and give Family members more opportunities to get involved directly in the healing process.

Why is This Important to the Army?
A Soldier's morale is one of the most powerful motivating factors in the arsenal. Any setback, no matter how slight, often can get in the way of the Soldier's performance, no matter what the duty. When the Army shows its investment in Warriors in Transition, they invest more in their own recovery, and they achieve success more quickly, more completely, and more permanently.

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