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 January 22, 2010

Armywide News

AW2 Program for severely wounded Soldiers available at Tomah VA

Wendy Burdick, as a representative of the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) Program, will provide personalized assistance to severely wounded Soldiers, veterans, and their Families, at the Tomah VA Medical Center.

AW2 is the official Army program that serves the most severely wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers from Overseas Contingency Operations since 9/11. AW2 assists and advocates for more than 5,800 severely wounded Soldiers, veterans, and their Families, wherever they are located, regardless of military status, for as long as it takes.

“Everyone in the Army Wounded Warrior Program understands what a huge price our Soldiers and Families have paid in support of their nation and now we are here to support them for as long as it takes,” said Col. Jim Rice, Director of the Army Wounded Warrior Program.

All AW2 Soldiers are assigned a local AW2 Advocate who provides them ongoing personalized assistance.

AW2 Advocates are located throughout the country and work with AW2 Soldiers, veterans, and their Families from their time of injury, through recovery and transition, to life post-injury whether that is back into service or into civilian life.

“My AW2 Advocate is my connection to a lot of things. She keeps me balanced and in touch with all the possibilities that are out there,” said AW2 Soldier, retired Sgt. Carla Best. “It gives me a lot of comfort knowing that, no matter what, my AW2 Advocate is here for me.”

AW2 Advocates assist AW2 Soldiers, veterans, and their Families with whatever their needs, including ensuring they receive the appropriate benefits and entitlements, have access to local re-sources and understand all of their career and education options.

To qualify for the Army Wounded Warrior Program, a Soldier must have or be expected to receive an Army disability rating of 30 percent or greater in one or more specific categories or a combined rating of 50 percent or greater for conditions that are the result of combat or are combat related.

For more information about the Army Wounded Warrior Program, call 1-800-237-1336 or visit the Web site http://www.AW2.army.mil.

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