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Warrior Care RCP’s multitude of programs supports the Warfighter

Three men shooting arrows at targets Wounded and injured service members from all branches and Special Operations Command compete during the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Fla. (Air Force photo by Senior Airman Caleb Nunez)

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Each November, we celebrate the recovering military community, such as its service members, military caregivers, and their families. The Warrior Care Recovery Coordination program (RCP) encompasses five programs: Education and Employment Initiative (E2I), Operation Warfighter (OWF), Military Adaptive Sports Program (MASP), Military Caregiver Support, and the National Resource Directory (NRD).

Their combined role is to ensure our recovering service members receive an abundance of resources, care, and knowledge to make their recovery seamless; and to ease their transition back into active duty or into civilian. 

Military Caregiver Support provides support for those who provide aid to the service member in addition to their medical care. Military Caregivers are as diverse as our recovering service members, they can be the military spouse, a family member, or even a friend. They take on big responsibilities, such as learning new medical terminology, making appointments, among other supportive activities. But military caregivers also need support. RCP’s Military Caregiver Support provides a full variety of resources including, regional PEER Support Coordinators who provide military caregivers with personalized resources and a chance to connect with other military caregivers.

Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) is the joint VA/DOD system wounded, ill, or injured service members are enrolled and determines a Service Member’s fitness for duty. The IDES begins with a referral to the Medical Evaluation Board and ends upon return to duty or transition into civilian life. This process can take considerable time depending on the RSMs recovery progress. Throughout their IDES journey, the Warrior Care programs provide RSMs and their families with essential resources and tools to help with their recovery and prepare for their new normal.

The RCP’s Education and Employment Initiative (E2I) assists RSMs early in their recovery process to identify their skills and match them with the education and career opportunities to help them successfully transition into civilian life. OWF coordinates an internship program that matches qualified RSMs with non-funded federal internships for them to gain valuable work experience during their recovery. OWF/E2I work hand in hand to ease the stress of finding employment during an already stressful time and provides RSMs with the opportunity to learn new things and try out a new career. Also, with the help of region coordinators, RSMs can connect with local federal agencies and private sector employers.

For RSMs who are concerned about providing their own accommodations, the DOD’s Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) serves to provide quality services and accommodations to all DOD employees, agencies, and RSMs.

Recreational therapy has many benefits for a RSM and their families, such as connecting on another level, a fun and unique way to stay active, and other mental and physical benefits. Warrior Care’s MASP provides the recovering military community with opportunities to try different types of recreational therapy with professional coaches, military service organizations, veteran service organizations, and local partners. Activities include adaptive sports, creative arts, and more. MASP also allows RSMs to compete during the annual Warrior Games. The Warrior Games brings together wounded, ill and injured service members form all branches together to compete against each other in a multitude of sporting events.

The RCP’s NRD has thousands of resources at the national, state, and local levels to support the recovering military community, military families, veterans, and friends.

Whether it be transitioning into civilian life or back into active duty, Warrior Care RCP stands ready to support out recovering service members every step of the way. Our programs are designed to assist them, their caregivers, and military families; and provide them with the tools needed to have a successful and stress-free recovery.

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