Va. — In response to the needs of Soldiers and their families,
the Army has expanded the eligibility criteria for the Army Wounded
Warrior Program (AW2). The program, which serves the Army’s most
severely wounded, injured and ill Soldiers and their families, now
will support Soldiers who have a combined rating of 50 percent or
greater for conditions that are the result of combat or are combat
AW2 supports the most severely wounded Soldiers from the Global War on
Terror who have, or are expected to receive, an Army disability rating
of 30 percent or greater in one or more specific categories:
Loss of limb.
Paralysis/spinal cord injury.
Post traumatic stress disorder.
Traumatic brain injury.
expanded criteria will allow us to support more of the Soldiers who
have given so much in service to our country," said Col. Jim
Rice, Director of the AW2. "We currently are in the process of
identifying and notifying Soldiers who fit the expanded criteria so we
can immediately connect them to their personal AW2 Advocate and the
program’s support services."
entering the AW2 Program, each Soldier is assigned an advocate who
will serve them and their families in a variety of ways; including
helping them obtain full benefits, educational opportunities, and
financial and career counseling; as well as helping those who want to
stay in the Army. There are more than 89 AW2 advocates located at or
near military installations across the country.
the last four years, AW2 has assisted and advocated for Soldiers by
providing them with individualized support for as long as it takes,
wherever they are located — regardless of their military status. The
expanded criteria will impact approximately 250 Soldiers. For more
information about the Army Wounded Warrior Program, or the new
criteria, call (800) 237-1336 toll-free or visit http://www.AW2.army.mil.
by Public Affairs Office, Installation Management Command Northeast