Warrior Care Month: Show Your Strength through Recovery

Monday, November 2, 2015

What is it?

The U.S. Army observes Warrior Care Month in November. This is a time where the military community reaffirms their commitment to the best recovery and reintegration for the nation’s wounded, ill and injured service members, their families and the professionals who support them.

The first week’s theme is “Show Your Strength through Recovery.” Central to the recovery process is the concept of resilience and in recognizing that what wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their Families confront during the act of healing will only make them stronger.

What has the Army done?

Recovery is about more than physical health, nutrition and exercise. Upon entering a Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) Soldiers build a personalized Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP) with short- and long-term goals across six domains: physical, spiritual, social, emotional, Family and career. Family members and caregivers are actively involved in the recovery process and invited to all medical appointments and transition meetings.

In 2007, the Army established the Warrior Care and Transition Program, including WTUs and incorporating the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) to support wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their Families.

Currently, at 25 WTUs, each recovering Soldier benefits from a dedicated Triad of Care (primary care manager, nurse case manager and squad leader),who collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of medical and non-medical professionals to ensure each recovering Soldier receives the best possible care and support. AW2 advocates also support the most severely wounded.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army views support for wounded, ill and injured Soldiers as a sacred obligation and enduring mission. As Soldiers become wounded, ill and injured in the line of duty, the Army will continue to provide a robust support system throughout the recovery and transition process.

Why is this important to the Army?

Providing world-class medical care to all Soldiers and their Families has always been a priority to the Army. Supporting our wounded, ill and injured reaffirms the Army’s commitment to a strong Army Medical Department and reassures the entire Army Family that the Army will stand by every Soldier who requires the support of the Warrior Care and Transition Program.

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