The Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC) released a 10-minute educational video to highlight new aspects of the Army’s warrior care system. This video walks viewers through the Warrior Transition Unit structure, comprehensive transition plan process, multi-disciplinary team “scrimmage” and career transition options. Media outlets have full permission to rebroadcast the video, which can be downloaded from the WTC website.
“The Army has committed the money and the resources to ensure that our wounded, ill and injured soldiers and their families can heal together, as well as learn the necessary skills and tools that will enable them to lead productive lives post injury,” Brig. Gen. Darryl Williams, commander of the Warrior Transition Command, stated in a press release. “This video focuses on the key elements of our Warrior Care and Transition Program that is available to all soldiers who require more than 6 months of complex medical management — from their personal recovery plan and career counseling to adaptive sports and support services.”
The video features soldiers working through their own recovery and transition at a Warrior Transition Unit: Capt. Jeremy McGuffey, Sgt. 1st. Class John Wright and Staff Sgt. Gabriel Garcia. In the video, Christina Garcia, a wounded soldier’s wife, explained the Army’s holistic approach to care.
“At the Warrior Transition Unit, it’s about everybody coming together: his nurse case manager, his primary care doctor, his social worker and his squad leader. Everybody together in the same room and discussing just him,” Garcia stated.
The Army developed a holistic approach to caring for wounded warriors that extends beyond medical care. The Army built 29 Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) throughout the United States and Europe for soldiers who require at least 6 months of complex medical management. Soldiers have one mission at WTUs — to heal and transition. Each soldier in a WTU develops a personalized transition plan that includes specific long and short-term goals on six areas of life: career, emotional, family, physical, social and spiritual. The Army strives to equip all wounded soldiers with the tools they need for the next stage of their lives, whether they return to the force or transition to civilian life.