In an effort to improve the Warrior Care and Transition Program, the Army sought feedback from severely wounded Army veterans and from soldiers at 29 Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) located throughout the United States and Europe. Wounded, ill and injured soldiers requiring at least six months of complex medical care are assigned to WTUs, where they have one mission—to heal and transition. The 1,650 respondents indicated that having a single, comprehensive website was among their most pressing information needs. Soldiers requested assistance “navigating benefits and access to resources” and “getting correct information in a timely manner” because “we are making life changing decisions.”
“The Army is listening to our wounded warriors and this new website is another example of the Army’s commitment to provide them and their families with the tools necessary for their long-term success,” said Col. Darryl Williams, Commander of the Warrior Transition Command. “The site was designed to clearly outline each step of the way for wounded warriors and their families, covering administrative processes, benefits and resources.”
The new site contains information on the primary concerns indicated by wounded warriors, including:
• Army Physical Disability Evaluation System, including an overview of the Medical Evaluation Board and Physical Evaluation Board process.
• Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2), the official Army program that has provided personalized support for more than 7,500 severely wounded, ill and injured soldiers, veterans and their families since 2004. More information on AW2 is available at www.AW2.army.mil.
• Comprehensive Transition Plan, a six-part recovery and transition process for all wounded warriors that includes a personalized transition plan that the soldier builds for him/herself.
• Career and Education, including career and education training options that the soldier may utilize during recovery.
• Resources for families and caregivers, including ways to contact community organizations and administrative resources.
WTC is a major subordinate command under the U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM). WTC’s mission is to develop, coordinate and integrate the Army’s Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP) for wounded, ill, and injured soldiers, veterans, and their families. WTC also provides additional information on warrior care on the WTC blog, wtc.armylive.dodlive.mil.