Changes to Warrior Transition Units

Tuesday July 15, 2008

What are Warrior Transition Units (WTUs)?

WTUs provide the full spectrum of administrative and Family support services including help with pay issues, housing, special benefits, transportation, vocational training and education opportunities and recreation and fitness to wounded, ill and injured Soldiers.

What has changed within Warrior Transition Units?

The Army has called for an increase in staffing of its WTUs to preserve primary focus on wounded and severely injured Soldiers. The Army has directed every one of the 35 Warrior Transition Units be staffed to 100 percent of the personnel required to keep pace with the number of Soldiers assigned. Additionally the Army has revised the WTU admission criteria to reflect a priority on Soldiers requiring intensive case management. A third change to WTUs is the streamlining of the disability evaluation process.

How will these changes impact warriors in transition?

There should be no negative impact on warriors in transition. Warriors in transition will continue to receive the best treatment available. The staffing adjustments will ease the burden on cadre and add to the efficiency of the unit. The refinement of the exit and entry criteria means that Soldiers who do not require an intensive level of care may be able to be assigned to their parent unit instead of the WTU.

When will these changes take effect?

These changes took effect right away, starting with the increase in personnel within WTUs.

Why is this important to the Army?

Apart from war itself, the care of our warriors in transition and their Families is the top priority of the Army. Leading this effort is the Army's Warrior Care and Transition Office which provides strategic direction for plans, policies and resources concerning programs dedicated to the support, care and healing of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers.

Resources:

Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline: 800-984-8523

Overseas DSN: 312-328-0002

Stateside DSN: 328-0002

Email: wsfsupport@conus.army.mil

The Warrior Transition Program Web Site

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"As we move forward with the transformation of warrior care, we will continue to refine and adjust our programs and policies to better support wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their Families."

- Brig. Gen. Gary H. Cheek, director of the Army's Warrior Care and Transition Office and assistant surgeon general for Warrior Care.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"We asked the sheiks to identify their needs, and medical service was one of their highest priorities. A combined medical engagement was one of the easier things to do. A lot of the bigger projects, like getting the canals working and other stuff, involve higher-level influence and a lot of money, so this was relatively low-budget, high-payoff."

-Capt. John Zdeb, a company commander with the 7th Infantry Regiment in Iraq

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