The U.S. Army observes Warrior Care Month in November

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The U.S. Army observes Warrior Care Month in November of each year. As they announced, in their recent news release:

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 Army seems to have it together when they print,

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.”

And when they mention family, they mean it by actively involving family members and caregivers in the recovery process and ensuring they are invited ”to all medical appointments and transition meetings.“

In 2007, the Army established two programs to assist returning wounded soldiers from the battlefield: the Warrior Care and Transition Program and the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)

Through ten different programs, the Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP)

evaluates and treats wounded, ill and injured Soldiers through a comprehensive, Soldier-centric process of medical care, rehabilitation, professional development and achievement of personal goals.”

More information is available through their Policy Memorandums.

And the Army Wounded Warrior (AWW2) Program is the

official U.S. Army program that assists and advocates for severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families, wherever they are located, regardless of military status.”

Specific eligibility for any of their programs are available here.

This is a breath of fresh air when one considers the continued negative headlines about treatment of veterans by the VA. Thus, it appears that their ten-year old slogan, “Army Strong” does indeed apply!

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]