Assessment of DOD Wounded Warrior Matters -- Fort Drum
OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) ALEXANDRIA VA
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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.
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