Major Gen. Randy A. George, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, addresses Soldiers and attendees during the Warrior Care Month Kick-off Luncheon at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center Nov. 1. George encouraged everyone to continue their efforts throughout the year in supporting Warrior Care.
The Soldier and Family Assistance Center at the Warrior Transition Battalion was wall-to-wall with attendees on Nov. 1 to mark the beginning of Warrior Care Month, an important awareness observance for wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families.
The Warrior Care Month Kick-Off Luncheon, hosted by the WTB and Army Community Service, featured key leaders and a panel of experts engaging with the audience to answer questions pertinent to Warrior Care.
“It was a great turnout and it’s indicative about Warrior Care in general,” said Kristen Kea, social services specialist at ACS and an organizer of the event. “We have a lot of support at Carson and it represents a lot of people who want to assist Soldiers.”
Senior leaders came to amplify their support and express their admiration for the staff and Soldiers who make the Warrior Care mission such a success here.
“For us, it’s all about coming together,” said Maj. Gen. Randy A. George, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. “We owe it to each other to keep this going at the WTB, taking care of our own, that’s what we do.”
George stressed making sure these efforts go on past November to continue providing for our warriors.
“We support this community and all of the tenant units are supported in this process,” said Command Sgt. Maj. W. James Wheeler, WTB sergeant major. “Warrior Care Month is important because it is a priority for the entire population, to include local communities, to pull resources and share information that can benefit our Soldiers and families.”
The Military’s Warrior Care Programs provide command, medical management, and non-medical assistance to wounded, ill, and injured service members going through the recovery and rehabilitation phases of the military medical treatment system. The programs provide assistance from the point of injury or illness to return to military service or transition to civilian life.
Many of these resources include helping Soldiers gain internships, new career opportunities and support from an organization that puts their success first, whether they are healing to stay in the military or separate to become a civilian, said Capt. Susan Tucci, nurse case manager at the WTB and a Warrior Care Month event organizer.
“Show of Strength” is this year’s theme for Warrior Care Month and a multitude of events in November are planned to celebrate the spirit Soldiers display when faced with overcoming challenges.
Throughout the month, events are being held by the WTB to bring morale and educate leaders throughout Carson about the resources available for wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers. In addition to the luncheon, events include a bone marrow donor drive, Thanksgiving dinner and a wheelchair basketball game offered to Soldiers and families.
The luncheon was meant to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Warrior Care mission, which is providing a triad of support, said Kea. The question and answer panel wrapped the luncheon with informative speakers specializing in different aspects of Warrior Care.
The panel of experts included representatives from Veterans Affairs, Operation TBI Freedom, Physical Evaluation Board and the WTB surgeon. Each spoke on how Warrior Care is paramount to the mission at the WTB and the significance of ensuring each Soldier is supported throughout their experience.
“I have trust and faith in the WTB,” said Col. Patrick M. Garman, Evans Army Community Hospital commander. “Their duty is to take care of our nation’s most precious resource - our Soldiers.”Colonel Patrick M. Garman, Evans Army Community Hospital commander, speaks to attendees during the Warrior Care Month Kick-off Luncheon at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center Nov. 1. The event marked the beginning of Warrior Care Month, which aims to educate and provide resources for wounded, ill and injured Soldiers along with their families.
Major Bonnie Geneman, Warrior Transition Battalion surgeon, provides information during the question and answer portion of the Warrior Care Month Kick-off Luncheon at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center Nov. 1. The panel of experts also included representatives from Veterans Affairs and Operation TBI Freedom.