By Amanda Koons, WTC Stratcom
Did you know that wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans, their Families and Caregivers may be eligible to receive free or discounted products and services from local organizations through the WTC Community Support Network? WTC connects individuals in the Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP) with local community organizations that offer products and services that are free of charge, covered by insurance or at a significantly reduced cost.
Read on for answers to the questions “who, what, when, where and why” about the Community Support Network.
Who may be eligible to participate in the Community Support Network?
Online Community Support Network resources are available to all wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans, their Family members and Caregivers. Each Network organization determines who they are able to assist individually. Before signing up, Soldiers and Veterans should contact the organization to determine whether or not they are eligible.
What is the Community Support Network?
Community Support Network organizations provide a wide variety of products and services, including but not limited to:
- Adaptive Reconditioning and Recreational Services
- Animal and Pet Supplies and Services
- Care Packages, Correspondence, Food and Moral Support
- Education and Career Training
- Employment Support and Opportunities
- Fertility and Reproduction Counseling
- Financial Counseling and Services
- Housing and Relocation Assistance and Counseling
- Mental Wellness Support and Counseling
- Retirement and Transition
- Substance Abuse Assistance and Counseling
- Veteran, Soldier and Family Assistance
For the full list of categories and organizations, visit www.WTC.Army.mil/Community.
When do I need to obtain an ethics opinion about Community Support Network products or services?
Active Duty Soldiers, including Reserve and National Guard Soldiers while on active duty, need to obtain an ethics opinion if the value of any individual gift or donation they receive exceeds $350 or if various gifts from the same source in a calendar year exceed $1000. If you have questions about this guideline, contact your chain of command.
Where can I find more information about the Community Support Network?
Your source for up to date Community Support Network information is the Community Support Network website: www.WTC.army.mil/Community. Check back often to see new organizations as they are added. The WTC blog also frequently features posts about Community Support Network organizations. To see relevant posts, go to: http://WTC.armylive.dodlive.mil/tag/Community-Support-Network.
Why should I participate in the Community Support Network?
Why not? Organizations offer unique and sometimes hard to find solutions. These products and services are there for wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and Veterans. Community Support Network organizations have agreed to one or more of the following:
- Providing products or services free of charge,
- Accepting insurance as a payment, or
- Offering products or services at a significantly reduced price, with all costs being disclosed up front and prior to any agreement.
Experience shows that community support aids in the successful recovery and transition of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and Veterans as they reintegrate into their local communities.
“Did You Know?” Series
Using your feedback, WTC Stratcom identified five topics where wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Families and Cadre want additional information, particularly around Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP) resources, benefits and policies that impact their recovery and transition. We’ll post one blog per week on these five topics throughout our “Did You Know?” blog series during Warrior Care Month:
2) Community Support Resources
4) Adaptive Reconditioning
5) Transition Coordinators
Is there another topic you want us to cover in the future? Post a comment here.