Rehabilitation and Support Programs
SAME is encouraging Post involvement in the support of rehabilitation and support programs for our wounded military engineers and their families and the families of fallen military engineers.
The U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC) has established Warrior Transition Units (WTU) at major military treatment facilities. WTUs provide personal support to wounded soldiers who require at least six months of rehabilitative care and complex medical management.
The U.S. Marine Corps’ Wounded Warriors Regiment oversees two Wounded Warriors Battalions (WWB) whose mission is to take care of wounded, ill and injured Marines and their families. Their reach extends across 23 locations from Landstuhl, Germany to Okinawa, Japan and throughout the continental United States.
The Navy has founded a similar organization, Navy Safe Harbor (NSH), which provides non-medical care of wounded, ill, and injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and their families. Through proactive leadership, NSH provides a lifetime of individually tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of shipmates' recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities.
Finally, the Air Force established the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program ensures wounded warriors and their families are well-prepared for their transition to civilian life. The AFW2 program works hand-in-hand with the Air Force Survivor Assistance Program and Airman & Family Readiness Centers to ensure Airmen receive professional support and care from the point of injury, through separation or retirement, for life.
There are many resources available for our wounded warriors, their families and supporters looking for ways to assist them. Following is some resource information that may be of interest to you. The list is by no means a full listing of resources available.
Hiring Our Heroes
U.S. Chamber of Commerce year-long nationwide effort to help veterans and their spouses find meaningful employment.
Army Wounded Warrior Project
Assists and advocates for severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans and their Families, wherever they are located, regardless of military status.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the VA. Information and locations of VA services including Vet Centers, PTSD Program locator, Substance Use Disorder Program locator, may be found on the VA website.
Asbestos-Related Illnesses and Veterans
Mesothelioma Guide: veteran-specific resources and support for patients and families of veterans affected by asbestos illnesses.
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something horrible and scary that you see or that happens to you. Anyone who has gone through a life-threatening event can develop PTSD, but there is help available.
Wounded Warrior Project
Association of the United States Army (AUSA) – Wounded Warrior & Family Support
Army Engineer Association (AEA) – Wounded Warrior Website