Accession Number : ADA576467
Title : Assessment of DOD Wounded Warrior Matters -- Fort Drum
Descriptive Note : Audit rept.
Corporate Author : OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) ALEXANDRIA VA
Personal Author(s) : Moorefield, Kenneth P
Report Date : 30 Sep 2011
Pagination or Media Count : 115
Abstract : We assessed whether the programs for the care, management, and transition of Warriors in Transition at the 3rd Battalion, 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment at Fort Drum, New York (Fort Drum WTB), were managed effectively and efficiently. Specifically, we evaluated the missions, policies, and processes in place to assist Warriors in Transition with their return to duty status or transition to civilian life, and the DoD programs for Warriors affected with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We identified two initiatives implemented at the Fort Drum WTB that we believed to be noteworthy practices for supporting the comprehensive care, healing, and transition of Warriors. We also identified a number of significant challenges that we recommend the Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division, Warrior Transition Command (WTC), MEDDAC, and WTB leadership address, which if resolved, should increase program effectiveness. Finally, we recognized that it was important to give a voice to the Warriors themselves. We suggest that the WTC, MEDDAC, and WTB leadership and staff consider Warrior comments, as discussed in this report, so they are cognizant of the Warriors' views and concerns and can take appropriate action. We recommend that the Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division, WTC, MEDDAC, and WTB leadership develop an operational definition of a successful transition end-state for Fort Drum Warriors; ensure that Fort Drum Warriors meet the eligibility criteria for entry or attachment to the WTB; ensure that Fort Drum provides a positive recovery and transition environment for its Warriors; ensure that timely access to specialty medical care is available for Fort Drum Warriors; develop a program for high-risk medication management, education, training, and safety; provide Fort Drum Warriors with a program of productive activities that positively impact their transition, etc.
Descriptors : *ARMY PERSONNEL , *HEALING , *MEDICAL SERVICES , *REHABILITATION , *TRANSITIONS , *WOUNDS AND INJURIES , ACCESS , AUDITING , BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , LEADERSHIP , NEW YORK , POLICIES , POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER , SAFETY , TRAINING , TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
Subject Categories : Psychology
Medicine and Medical Research
Military Forces and Organizations
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE