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Warrior in Transition
January 2010


It is not just Soldiers who are wounded or become ill in the course of current operations who are affected by their wound, illness, or injury-their Family members are also affected. Some Soldiers who suffer a wound, illness, or injury may begin an unknown journey as a Warrior in Transition (WT) through the medical and disability systems, as well as evaluation, compensation, and benefits programs. A WT is a Soldier who is assigned or attached to a Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) and whose primary mission is to heal. The Soldier must go through recovery and rehabilitation phases before his reintegration into the force or back into society as a productive veteran. The Soldier will undergo a majority of this transition period at a WTU, which is a military unit of medical command attached to a medical treatment facility for the administrative needs of the WTs. The Center for Army Lessons Learned provided one medical analyst to conduct interviews with WTs, their families and WTU staff. The quotes and information provided by WTs is to provide other warriors insights, observations, and lessons learned to improve and encourage them while in transition. The goals is to provide leaders, Soldiers, and Families the lessons learned by WTs and Family members while experiencing their transition period or recovery at a WTU.


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