In 2007, reports of poor care management and substandard facilities at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. surfaced, raising awareness to the issues for our nations wounded Soldiers.

This prompted the Department of Defense to establish the Defense Health Agency’s Recovery Coordination Program. The program is tasked with ensuring proper standards of care, as well as uniform standards and guidelines across all military departments.

The following year, in 2008, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates designated November as Warrior Care Month in an effort to raise awareness to the programs and resources available to all wounded, ill and injured service members as well as their families.

Each branch of service has a dedicated Warrior Care program providing non-medical assistance to wounded, ill and injured service members. The Army Recovery Care Program has helped over 80,000 Soldiers since its inception.

The Department of Defense has no higher priority than caring for the wounded, ill and injured service members. Warrior care through this program encompasses a full spectrum of support ranging from recovery and rehabilitation to the reintegration back to duty or transition out of the military.

This year the theme for Warrior Care Month is “Virtual Show of Strength,” which is represented through the physical, mental and emotional progress that wounded Soldiers and their families make to overcome their challenges.  

As our service members recover, it is important to remember that military caregivers often need additional support and information. The DoD provides resources and information exclusively for these caregivers. The Caregiver Resource Directory provides a list of resources, organizations, and programs that provide support to military caregivers. Access to the digital version of the Caregiver Resource Directory can be found at https://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/caregiver-resources.

Warrior Care Month is the time for everyone to become familiar with the programs and resources that are available to these service members, their caregivers, and families. The National Resource Directory is one of the largest forums providing access to services and resources to support recovery, rehabilitation and integration. Visit https://nrd.gov.

To find out even more about the services offered through the DHA Recovery Coordination Program visit https://warriorcare.dodlive.mil.