Education and Employment Focus for 2012 Warrior Care Month

BG David J. Bishop, Commander, Warrior Transition Command  
Please join me in observing Warrior Care Month this November.  This month we will as an Army highlight how we continue to honor our sacred obligation to care for our most seriously wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers and their Families.  It is a time to reaffirm our commitment to quality health care, education and careers for these men and women. 

 The theme for this year’s joint observance is “Success through Transition – Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship.”

 Across the Army in November, Army leaders will host employment fairs, professional development sessions, open houses, media days, adaptive sports, reconditioning events, and celebrate the resiliency of our Soldiers and their Families.   Wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers from Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) will engage local community groups, sharing personal experiences from health care to training, education and employment.  

I’ve visited 13 WTUs since I came on board in July and have seen phenomenal leadership in the WTUs.  But I also recognize that serving as a cadre member in a WTU is a complex, demanding and challenging duty.  Just as we owe our Soldiers and Families the very best leadership and care they deserve, we owe our leaders the best training and development we can provide to help them succeed.  In November, leaders and cadre at Warrior Transition and Community-Based Transition Units across the Army will pause and conduct a back to basics WTU Stand Down which will focus on the compassionate care of Soldiers and Families as they transition through the WTU process. This training will not only broaden their interpersonal skill sets, but will also deepen their professional capabilities as leaders.

Additionally, several other Warrior Care month events will occur here in Washington, D.C. and locally in Army communities.  The Warrior Transition Command will launch an employment campaign on November 19 and host a joint-service sitting volleyball competition in the Pentagon, November 20.  I encourage you to check local web sites and installation and community newspapers to learn about upcoming events in your areas.  We’ve also posted many of the events on the WTC website at

Let’s also remember to acknowledge and be grateful to the men and women who don’t wear the military uniform, but who support and care for Soldiers and their Families – employers, educators, Veterans Administration, Congress, Veteran and military organizations, non-profit organizations, corporate America, local communities and individual citizens.  I recognize and am grateful that our Nation comes together in so many different ways to honor the sacrifices made by Soldiers and their Families and to contribute to warrior care.

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