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1 “The views, opinions and findings contained in this report are those of the authors(s) and should not be construed as an official Department of the Army position, policy or decision, unless so designated by other official documentation.” U.S. ARMY WOUNDED WARRIOR (AW2) PROGRAM COL David S. Oeschger, AW2 Director SGM Patrick S. Fatuesi, AW2 Sergeant Major Prepared by: Ellwood Burdsall For: AW2 Staff 01 Sep 2014 V QSep2014 1

2 U.S. Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) Program COL David S. Oeschger, AW2 Director SGM Patrick S. Fatuesi, AW2 Sergeant Major “Building Paths to Independence” Introduction to the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program 2

3 On April 30, 2004, the Army introduced an initiative to enhance the care and support of severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families and their Caregivers. This system of support guides them along the paths to regaining their independence; from the onset of their condition, through their eventual transition back to the force; or into the civilian community as a Veteran. Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) Program 3 SSG Julio A. Larrea AW2 COAD Soldier SSG Julio A. Larrea AW2 COAD Soldier SSG Larrea, along with four other AW2 Soldiers recovering at Walter Reed, mentored and visited with Boston Marathon bombing victims who sustained similar injuries last year. “at the end of the day wounded or not, we are just Americans. That’s all.”

4 Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) Program “Building Paths to Independence” 4 SPC (ret.) Ronny Wiley and his daughter Finding steady employment proved challenging, and his wife searched for a second job to hold the Family’s finances together. Wiley connected with the AW2 and met Advocate Laura Arisohn. Arisohn and AW2’s support and the resources they helped him access played an integral role in Wiley’s recovery. Five years after his first meeting with Arisohn, Wiley graduated with an associate degree in network administration from the University of Phoenix with a 3.8 GPA. Arisohn also connected him with a local non- profit organization that donated a mortgage-free home to the Wiley family. Most importantly, Wiley says Arisohn and AW2 inspire him. He now works with other Veterans who need support in either transitioning back to the Army or to civilian life. “People see me and say ‘you are one of my heroes, you give me hope,” says Wiley. “In reality that is what my AW2 Advocate gives me. She gives me hope.”

5 Mission We assist and advocate for our severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families/Caregivers; support and advise during medical treatment, rehabilitation, and beyond to facilitate a Soldier’s return-to-duty or their transition to a civilian community as a Veteran. Vision Wounded Warriors and their Families/Caregivers are self- sufficient, contributing members of our communities; living and espousing the Warrior Ethos with the knowledge that the Army and the Nation remembers their sacrifice. 5 SPC(ret.) Steven Escalera and his Daughter AW2 Soldier "I am truly grateful for my advocate and the AW2 program. My advocate had helped me with some of the toughest decisions and moves in my life…”

6 Command Relationships 6 AW2 Director COL David S. Oeschger

7 Suffer from wounds, injuries or illness incurred in the line of duty after 10 September 2001 in support of Overseas Contingency Operations, and Receive or are expected to receive at least a 30% rating from the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) for one of the conditions listed below: – Severe Loss of Vision / Blindness – Loss of Limb – Spinal Cord Injury – Severe Paralysis – Permanent disfigurement – Severe Hearing Loss / Deafness – Severe Burns – Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Fatal / Incurable Disease with limited life expectancy OR Receive a 30% disability rating for any other Combat Related Condition OR Receive a Combined 50% IDES rating for any other Combat or Combat Related Condition To be considered an AW2 Soldier/Veteran 7

8 *Data Source (s): AWCTS; AW2 Db AW2 Soldiers/Veterans: Growth Over 12 Months Total: As of 1 Sep 14 Total: As of 1 Sep UNCLASSIFIED//FOUO AW2 Soldier-to-Advocate Ratio: 102:1 Ratio: 102:1 AW2 Soldier-to-Advocate Ratio: 102:1 Ratio: 102:1 Increase of 2653 since 1 Jan 14 Increase of 2653 since 1 Jan 14

9 *Data Source (s): AWCTS; AW2 Db Physical Condition Demographics 67% 10% 6% 3% 2% 1% Total: As of 1 Sep 14 Total: As of 1 Sep 14

10 *Incl:77 Deceased ** Do not contact: 404 *** AW2 WTU: 1176 Soldier/Veteran Status – 1 Sep 14 Veteran Population in our Communities Severely wounded, injured and ill*** ** COAD/COAR/FIT WTU / Unit __ Complex Medical Needs / Complex Medical Needs /iDES 10 *Data Source (s): AWCTS; AW2 Db

11 AW2 TEAM AW2 Support Experts - 14 Medical Eligibility (1 CIV) Human Resources (1 CIV) COAD (1 MIL) Finance (2 CIV/1 MIL) Transition/Employment/Career (1 CIV/2 MIL) Dept of Labor (1 CIV) Veteran Affairs Advisor (1 CIV) Operations and Automation (1 CIV) Training (2 Contract) AW2 Advocates Personalized support for Soldiers and their Families Local Resource Experts Benefits Advisers – navigating the maze Military Transition Specialists Education and Career Guides Life Coaches – Empowering Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families/Caregivers to make informed and relevant decisions VA Integration Experts Advocates assist wherever the Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families/Caregivers are located, as they progress along their path to independence. 11 Ms Roberta Berry and AW2 COAD Soldier SSG Guilling AW2 Careers Ms Roberta Berry and AW2 COAD Soldier SSG Guilling AW2 Careers Ms Jeannie Jones Contract Regional Coordinator North Region Ms Jeannie Jones Contract Regional Coordinator North Region

12 Wounded Warriors Caregivers of Wounded Warriors Former Military  Army  Navy  Air Force  Marines Reserve Soldiers Retired CSM/SGM Licensed Social Workers Master’s Degrees No Previous Affiliation with Military ADVOCATE DEMOGRAPHICS 12 Mr. James Anderson Advocate Fort Knox, KY Mr. James Anderson Advocate Fort Knox, KY

13 AW2 Advocate Locations 13

14 Questions? 14

15 Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) Program Building Paths to Independence 15

16 16 Member of your team Non-clinical case managers DoD Lead Coordinator (LC) Mitigate gaps in services for Soldiers and Families Extensive knowledge of local and national resources Informs WTU leadership and cadre of issues/concerns Team member in TRIAD meetings Participate in Newcomer briefings Document in AWCTS-WTU and AWCTS AW2 Involved with in/out processing of WTU Soldiers Bridge the gap during and after transition WTU ADVOCATES Mr. Shawn Monroe VA Advocate Houston, TX Ms. Peggie Taylor VA Advocate Houston, TX Mr. Shawn Monroe VA Advocate Houston, TX Ms. Peggie Taylor VA Advocate Houston, TX

17 Headquarters o Command team o Voice of our Soldiers / Families / Caregivers to Senior Army, Department of Defense (DoD), Legislators Advocate Branch o Individualized advocacy, assistance, management and support for Soldiers and their Families / Caregivers o Contact Center  Provides contact point for referrals and information  Investigative outreach to locate Soldiers  Lifetime follow-up for LCMP 4 Soldiers/Veterans Advocate Support Branch o Specialized subject matter expertise (SME) and Action Officers o Direct, Operational and Strategic SME support to Advocates, the AW2 program,Warrior Transition Command and the WTB/C/U’s o Collaboration and coordination with internal and external agencies o Plan and fully execute current training programs while strategizing the way ahead. o Change agents involved in championing changes to Army Policies, Regulations, and Laws for the betterment of all wounded warriors. o Automation AW2 Staff 17

18 Located at major Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs), Army installations, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) and in local communities throughout the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Germany. Provide assistance and support to the most severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their Families/Caregivers throughout the Wounded Warrior Lifecycle, from evacuation through transition back to the force or to our communities as a Veteran. Function as an integrated, collaborative member of a multidisciplinary healthcare and benefits team within the Warrior Transition Units (WTUs)and the Community-Based Warrior Transition Units (CBWTUs). Assist Soldiers and their Families/Caregivers in the identification and implementation of courses of action necessary to address all needs and goals while mitigating transitional gaps, coordinating resources in order to acclimate to their communities. Advocates are: –Personalized support for Soldiers and their Families –Local Resource Experts –Benefits Advisers – navigating the maze –Military Transition Specialists –Education and Career Guides –Life Coaches – Empowering Soldiers and their Families/Caregivers to make informed and relevant decisions Advocates assist wherever the Soldiers and their Families/Caregivers are located, as they progress along the path to independence. Advocate Branch Advocate Roles 18


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