Warrior Care Month: Reconditioning

Monday, November 9, 2015

What is it?

The Army's Warrior Care Month commemoration continues throughout November, and this week's theme is "Show Your Strength through Reconditioning." Adaptive reconditioning offers activities and sporting competition for wounded, ill and injured Soldiers to optimize their physical, cognitive and emotional well-being and also remain connected to their military community.

What has the Army done?

The Army incorporated formal adaptive reconditioning programs at its 25 Warrior Transition Units (WTUs), and medical providers actively work to incorporate adaptive reconditioning into each Soldier's recovery plan. Adaptive sports and reconditioning lead to a variety of benefits, including: less stress, fewer secondary medical conditions, increased independence, building relationships with others and learning new life skills to assist with transition.

Whether the Soldier wants to compete in the Warrior Games, hone their typing skills after an injury or work toward a new MOS, the Army provides an adaptive reconditioning activity. Adaptive activities include: physical training, competitive and non-competitive adaptive sports, therapeutic recreational activities, gym-based exercise programs, arts and cultural programs, lifestyle skills and outdoor activities.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

Across the Army, during November, Army WTUs will host adaptive sports and reconditioning events to educate Soldiers, Veterans, Families and communities at every level on the value and benefit of adaptive reconditioning. WTU Soldiers will also take an active look at their adaptive reconditioning activities and goals to ensure they incorporate meaningful activities into their recovery and transition plans.

Several events will occur around the country in Army communities. Army wounded, ill and injured Soldiers will participate in a sitting volleyball competition at the Pentagon Athletic Center, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., on Nov. 18 as well as a joint-service exhibition wheelchair rugby tournament at Joint Base Andrews, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on Nov. 20.

Why is this important to the Army?

Wounded, ill and injured Soldiers contribute to the force in a variety of ways, including demonstrating the true spirit of resilience and the Warrior ethos. Adaptive reconditioning actively contributes to their readiness and to the overall readiness of the Army.

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Current & Upcoming Events

November 2015

National Native American Heritage Month: Visit- Army.mil: American Indians in the U.S. Army

Military Family Appreciation Month: Visit Army.mil: Army Families

Warrior Care Month

Nov. 11: Veterans Day

Nov. 12: White House Ceremony for Medal of Honor award to Capt. Florent Groberg

Nov. 13: Pentagon Hall of Heroes Ceremony for MOH Recipient Capt. Florent Groberg

Focus Quote for the Day

Warrior Care Month continues to remind us of our unyielding commitment to the wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their support network of Families and caregivers ... We are inspired by their resiliency in recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration as Soldiers and Veterans.

- Army senior leaders

Read the complete tri-signed letter: Warrior Care Month 2015- Show of Strength

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