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Warrior Care Month: Supporting the strength, resilience of service members

Dr. Paul Cordts, Deputy Assistant Director, Medical Affairs Dr. Paul Cordts, Deputy Assistant Director, Medical Affairs, states that this month, the Defense Health Agency and its partners remain committed to highlighting the important work being done in the field of recovery coordination and warrior care. (DHA Photo by Hannah Wagner, February‎ ‎13‎, ‎2019)

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Warrior Care Month is a time to reflect on the strength and resilience of our nation’s wounded, ill, and injured service members while also recognizing the dedication of military caregivers who support our service members during their recovery and rehabilitation.

Since 2008, the Department of Defense has dedicated the month of November to increasing awareness of programs and resources available to this community—programs and resources designed to support service members as they achieve significant milestones during their recovery process. This month, the Defense Health Agency and its partners remain committed to highlighting the important work being done in the field of recovery coordination and warrior care. Through our collective efforts, we are able to successfully transition many service members to the civilian sector or, in some cases, facilitate their return to duty.

Much of what Warrior Care Month stands for is embodied by the physical, mental, and spiritual resiliency of our service members and their families. This year, these traits will be on display throughout the month at joint service adaptive sports camps, healing arts events, internship fairs, and many other events and activities designed to support recovering service members throughout the country. These events and activities occur as part of a coordinated effort under the DHA's Recovery Coordination Program, which ensures a customized approach for rehabilitation and reintegration will be developed for each wounded, ill, and injured service member.

While we highlight Warrior Care Month in November, recovery coordination is a year-round mission for the professionals within the DHA and the military service Warrior Care Programs that proactively support wounded, ill, and injured service members during their recovery and rehabilitation on a daily basis. For DHA, proactive means we are constantly looking for new and exciting opportunities to enhance and customize the recovery and rehabilitation process to ensure every individual establishes and progresses through a recovery plan that sets them up for success.

During Warrior Care Month, we take a moment to remind ourselves of the personal sacrifices made on the road to recovery and rehabilitation, and acknowledge that this journey cannot be taken alone. It is a continuous, collective effort among the service members, their families, support staff, and caregivers that makes this process successful. With an ongoing commitment to enhancing and improving programs and resources, in concert with unparalleled medical care, we can help ensure success for our service members, and I am grateful for your commitment and dedication throughout the year.

Read Mr. Thomas McCaffery's memo officially recognizing November as Warrior Care Month.

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Warrior Care Month Recognition

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This memorandum from Mr. Thomas McCaffery, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, officially recognizes November as Warrior Care Month, an important Department of Defense (DoD)-wide effort to increase awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and injured Service members, as well as their families, caregivers, and others who support them.

  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 10/25/2019
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: Warrior Care

Warrior Care Month Recognition

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In this memorandum, Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter recognizes November as Warrior Care Month, an important DoD-wide effort to increase awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and injured Service members, as well as their families, caregivers and others to support them.

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  • Date: 11/14/2016
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DoDM 1332.18, Volume 3: Disability Evaluation System (DES) Manual: Quality Assurance Program (QAP)

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This manual is composed of several volumes, each containing its own purpose. This volume assigns responsibilities and procedures for the DES QAP pursuant to section 524 of Public Law 112-239 (Reference (c)).

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DoDM 1332.18, Volume 1: Disability Evaluation System (DES) Manual: General Information and Legacy Disability Evaluation System (LDES) Time Standards

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This manual is composed of several volumes, each containing its own purpose. The purpose of the overall manual, in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive 5124.02 (Reference (a)), is to implement policy, assign responsibilities, and provide procedures for the DES pursuant to DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1332.18 (Reference (b)).

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DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

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DoDM 1332.18, Volume 2: Disability Evaluation System (DES) Manual: Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES)

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This manual is composed of several volumes, each containing its own purpose. The purpose of the overall manual, in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive 5136.01 (Reference (a)), is to implement policy, assign responsibilities, and provide procedures for the DES pursuant to DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1332.18 (Reference (b)).

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DoD Instruction 6025.20: Medical Management (MM) Programs in the Direct Care System (DCS) and Remote Areas

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Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes uniform guidelines, procedures, and standards for the implementation of clinical case management (CM) in the Military Health System (MHS), for TRICARE beneficiaries including care of the wounded, ill, and injured (WII) in accordance with the authority in Reference (b) and DoDI 1300.24 (Reference (f)).

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DoD Instruction 1300.24: Recovery Coordination Program (RCP)

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This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes uniform guidelines, procedures, and standards for improvements to the care, management, and transition of recovering Service members (RSMs) across the Military Departments.

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