The Army has designated November as Warrior Care Month to inform wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families about the transition assistance programs available to them in the U.S. Army. Throughout the month, the Warrior Transition Command has been conducting a variety of local activities through AW2 and the Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) to encourage wounded warriors to take advantage of opportunities that promote successful transition back to duty or into civilian life.
On the American Forces Press Service’s (AFPS) Family Matters Blog, Elaine Wilson offered her perspective on the resiliency of Army wounded warriors:
The Army is using this opportunity to inform wounded, ill and injured soldiers and their families about transition assistance programs. The effort is being led by the Army’s Warrior Transition Command.
I’ve met countless wounded warriors and never cease to be in awe of their strength and resilience. I’m thrilled to see that the Army is going the extra mile to ease the transition process, whether it’s back to service or to the civilian work force, for these soldiers and their families.
Elaine blogged about one such Soldier that she met during a recent visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. During her visit, she had the pleasure of meeting AW2 Soldier SGT Robert Canine and his wife, Jennifer. SGT Canine lost his legs when an explosively formed projectile tore through his Humvee during his third deployment in Iraq. Elaine focuses her entry on the how the strength of SGT Canine’s marriage has aided in his rehabilitation:
While tough, the couple said they can weather any storm as long as they do it together.
The couple said it’s vital to stay positive and supportive of each other.
“Listen to what they have to say,” Jennifer said, referring to the wounded warrior. “You’re going to have your frustrated moments, but hopefully you’ll have your family there to take small breaks. They’re going to have their ups and downs. Just stay positive.”
“They’ll be some rough patches, but you have to keep moving forward,” Robert added. “If you think about woe is me, it will just take longer to recover. Take it day by day.”
To read the rest of this wonderful entry, please click here to visit the Family Matters Blog. Elaine plans to continue to follow SGT Canine and his wife with periodic updates on how they are doing, so be sure to check back often.
In addition to the blog entries from Elaine Wilson and the AFPS Family Matters Blog, the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, GA also featured an article about Army Warrior Care Month. In the article, the Ledger-Enquirer showcases the Warrior Care Month activities at Fort Benning:
“It’s specifically designed to build teamwork amongst soldiers that are not in a collective unit environment,” said Lt. Col. Sean Mulcahey, commander of the Warrior Transition Battalion.
The Commander’s Cup consists of 15 events including a seated basketball game, water polo and volleyball matches, a Nintendo Wii video game tournament and a cooking competition.
Prior to digging in to a hearty meal of turkey and all the trimmings, WTB soldiers went head to head Wednesday morning in an Iron Chef-like cook off. Maj. William Kepley’s team, B Company, 5th Platoon, beat out the other platoons in the battalion in the “taste” category for whipping up a stir fry.
“For the folks that are here for an extended period of time for whatever’s wrong with them it’s good,” Kepley said of events like the Commander’s Cup and Wednesday’s turkey lunch. “It gets your mind off of the hospital and doctors all daylong every day.”
To learn more about the Army’s Warrior Care Month, click here to visit the special page set up by the Warrior Transition Command.