TheU.S. Army Wounded Warrior program (AW2), is a major component of the Army's Warrior Care and Transition Program. It is a dedicated program to provide personalized support to severely wounded, injured, and ill Soldiers and their families wherever they are located.
Recognizing the changing face of warfare and advances in Army Medicine, the Army took an historic step in creating the AW2, in 2004, making this tenth anniversary of the program.
AW2 has established a network of more than 200 Advocates at military treatment facilities and Veterans Affairs facilities across the country to support severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers of all Army components. These advocates are backed by a team of transition professionals with expertise in employment, finance, human resources and navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Army expanded its support to wounded, ill and injured Soldiers in 2007 when it established the Warrior Care and Transition Program, encompassing AW2 and new Warrior Transition Units. At these WTUs, AW2 Advocates collaborate closely with the Soldiers' interdisciplinary team and ensure continuity of care when the Soldier returns to the force or transitions to veteran status.
These combined efforts provide personalized support to more than 24,000 Soldiers and veterans throughout the recovery and transition process. AW2's expertise has impacted almost every aspect of the recovering Soldier's experience, from the Comprehensive Transition Plan to career and employment readiness to adaptive reconditioning to community support resources.
The success of the programs is due in large part to transition professionals who share the breadth of their experience to write policies and guidance affecting all wounded, ill and injured Soldiers. These policies will continue to shape the future of Wounded Warrior program and all transitioning Soldiers and veterans.
Warrior care is a sacred obligation for the Army. Regardless of what the future holds with the Army drawing down, this mission will remain strong. The Wounded Warrior program will continue to find smarter, more effective ways to provide the best possible support and continuity of care to each Soldier, veteran and family served.
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United States Military.
As just one example, each of the six
US Army Service Component Commands (ASCCs) has created a Contingency
Response Force to react quickly to incidents within its area of
responsibility and provide support for humanitarian assistance.
ASCCs devote company-sized elements that can be augmented as needed to the
mission, tasking them to provide responsive, scalable, tailor-made packages
ready to deploy in as little as 18 hours to conduct full-spectrum operations
for contingencies as varied as humanitarian assistance, site security,
noncombatant evacuation, diplomatic facility security and combat operations if
Here is something youdid not hear in the news: In February, Italy-based paratroopers from U.S. Army Europe's Contingency
Response Force - the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
(Airborne) - responded
within hours to deliver generators to Slovenia, and in
partnership with the Slovenian 1st Brigade restored electricity to thousands of
citizens left without power after a severe ice storm.
of the Contingency Response Forces can draw on other forces as well, including
joint service capabilities, to augment their response capacity. Army Central forces can be scaled up
to brigade level and call upon a combat aviation brigade for support.
instance: Africa Command has the East Africa
Response Force, a battalion-sized task force that includes Navy and
Air Force personnel; an approximately battalion-sized Marine air-ground task
force; and other forces at its disposal. Contingencies in Africa are also
supported by U.S. Army Europe's Contingency
contingency response forces and other emerging efforts, such as the building of
regionally aligned forces and continually increasing multi-service,
multinational cooperation, are helping to define the future of global security efforts
by building U.S. and multinational formations that can be called on to quickly
join forces to counter a wide array of humanitarian needs.
contingency force "packages" helps keep the Army ready to efficiently
and effectively fulfill the myriad missions it performs. Meeting those
challenges takes agile, responsive, tailored forces prepared to operate in
diverse, complex environments to engage effectively with colleague services and
multinational partners, and provide support to a wide range of agencies and
civil authorities to promote and protect the security of people in need.