Warrior Care and Transition Program
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The U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC) is the lead proponent for the Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP), which evaluates and treats wounded, ill and injured Soldiers through a comprehensive, Soldier-centric process of medical care, rehabilitation, professional development and achievement of personal goals.
Major elements of the WCTP include:
- Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) and Community-Based Warrior Transition Units (CBWTUs) – Provide command and medical management assistance to Soldiers as they navigate the Army’s medical treatment system to successfully reintegrate back into the force or transition from the Army. Twenty-nine WTUs are located at major military treatment facilities (MTFs) across the country. Soldiers whose medical situation allows may receive the same services at a CBWTU while recovering at home through the TRICARE network.
- U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) – Assists severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans and their Families throughout their recovery and transition. Through the local support of an AW2 Advocate, AW2 strives to foster the Soldier’s independence. Soldiers who qualify for AW2 are assigned to the program as soon as possible after arriving at the WTU.
- Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP) – The CTP is a six-part multidisciplinary process that includes an individual recovery plan that the Soldier customizes and builds with the support of his/her Triad of Care and Family. The CTP is a dynamic living plan of action that focuses on the Soldier’s goals.
- Triad of Care – Each WTU Soldier benefits from a squad leader, nurse case manager, and primary care manager assigned to a WTU. The squad leader leads the Soldiers, the nurse case manager coordinates his/her care, and the primary care physician oversees the care. The Triad creates the familiar environment of a military unit and surrounds the Soldier and his/her Family with comprehensive care and support, all focused on the wounded warrior's sole mission to heal.
- Interdisciplinary Team – The Triad of Care is augmented by an interdisciplinary team of health care and transition specialists who work together to coordinate and optimize the care and transition of each individual Soldier. This team includes social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, AW2 Advocates, and many other professionals.
- Career and Education – WTUs help the Soldier establish short-term and long-term career goals and identify opportunities to enhance existing skills or develop new ones based on the Soldier’s transition track, whether it is remaining in the Army or transitioning from the Army to civilian status.
- Internships – Helps Soldiers prepare for civilian employment by helping identify internship opportunities to augment a Soldier's transition.
- Health and Recovery – Provides helpful resources on access to medical care and adaptive reconditioning options to help Soldiers achieve their health, fitness, wellness, and resilience goals.
- Understanding IDES – WTUs assist Soldiers in understanding and maneuvering the U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency’s (USAPDA) Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES). IDES includes the Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) and Physical Evaluation Board (PEB), which determine whether or not wounded, ill and injured Soldiers can continue to perform their duties with their medical condition(s).
- Access to SFAC and Other Resources – Soldier and Family Assistance Centers (SFACs) are located at most MTFs to serve Soldiers and their Families. The SFACs offer most of the services available throughout the installation in a central location and can coordinate other services as-needed.
For additional information on WCTP policies, please reference our WCTP Policy Library.
To learn more about the WCTP, please visit our Press Room or contact us.
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