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Warrior Care Month Logo: Building A Ready And Resilient Force.

Wounded, ill or injured service members are among the strongest and most resilient members of the force, learning new life skills that enable them to return to duty or transition from the military. During Warrior Care month in November, the Defense Department honors the courage of these individuals and highlights the programs that help them with this special report.

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Events

  • Sitting Volleyball Tournament

    Pentagon Athletic Center

    Nov. 21, 2013 – 10:00 a.m. EST.

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Wounded Troops Rev Up to Restore Cars, Lives

Army Staff Sgt. Troy Drebenstedt peers under the hood of a 1966 Cobra kit car during the grand opening of the

Wounded troops in San Antonio soon will be trading their rifles for wrenches as they gear up to participate in a newly launched car restoration and repair program dubbed "Automotivation." Story

Dempsey Praises Veterans' Rehabilitation Program

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the members the Veterans Treatment Court Convention for helping veterans, especially a generation of service members that has lived through 12 years of repeated deployments into intense combat. Story

Wounded Warriors Get Halftime Salute in Hawaii

U.S. Pacific Command's Joint Color Guard salutes wounded warriors during the football game between the University of Hawaii Warriors and the Black Knights from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Nov. 30, 2013. DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark.

Wounded warriors were honored at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium during a football game between the University of Hawaii's Warriors and the Black Knights from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Story

Real Warriors Helps Troops, Vets, Families

The Real Warriors Campaign has proven successful in helping veterans get counseling as well as help with battlefield-related brain injuries. Story

Wounded Warriors Zing Volleyballs at Pentagon

An Army wounded warrior attempts to score against the U.S. Special Operations Command team at the 3rd Annual Joint Services Sitting Volleyball Tournament held at the Pentagon, Nov. 21, 2013. The volleyball tournament was held in conjunction with Warrior Care Month. U.S. Army photo.

Gung-ho spirits were the norm as wounded warrior athletes from the four services, the U.S. Special Operations Command, and the Department of Veterans Affairs clashed at the Pentagon Athletic Club during the 3rd Annual Joint Services Sitting Volleyball Tournament, in recognition of Warrior Care Month. Story

Back-to-School Guide Aids with Brain Injuries

Reading, writing and arithmetic might be easier for some people than others, but for service members and veterans with traumatic brain injuries, returning to school can be challenging. Story

Joint Services Sitting Volleyball Tournament

The third annual Joint Services Sitting Volleyball Tournament is coming up, sponsored by the Office of Warrior Care Policy, military Services, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The third annual Joint Services Sitting Volleyball Tournament is sponsored by the Office of Warrior Care Policy, military Services, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Story

Wounded Soldier Uses Adaptive Reconditioning to Assist Others As He Continues to Serve

After significant injuries in Iraq, Staff Sgt. Giovanni Pascascio discovered how much more he can still offer the Army while recovering at a WTU.

Army Staff Sgt. Giovanni Pascascio will always remember July 8, 2007. During his second deployment to Iraq, a truck full of explosives detonated near his squad's convoy. Story

Amputee Vets Top Pro Football Alumni in Warrior Care Month Game

Former Washington Redskins star Brian Mitchell tries to move around former Cleveland Browns player Eric Metcalf as an amputee player rushes in to yank the flag off Mitchell during a Warrior Care Month flag football game at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Va., Nov. 16, 2013. Sponsored by the nonprofit Military Benefit Association, $60,000 was raised for the amputees. U.S. Army photo by J.D. Leipold.

It wasn't smash-mouth football, but the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team remained undefeated with a 28-21 victory over a squad of National Football League veterans and Washington Redskins alumni at Bishop O'Connell High School's McMurtrie Field. Story

Army Secretary Notes Progress, Challenges

Army Secretary John M. McHugh has discussed a range of issues affecting the health and care of wounded warriors at the Reagan National Defense Forum. Story

Soldier Cites Ranger School Lessons for Resilience

Capt. Edward Klein at the Tactical Operations Center at Forward Operating Base Azzizullah, Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan in August 2012.

Army Capt. Edward "Flip" Klein who lost both legs above the knee, his right arm above the elbow, and three fingers on his left hand in Afghanistan, credits the lessons he learned in Ranger School for his strengthened resolve to heal. Story

Army Stand-To: Focus on Recovery, Rehabilitation

As the Army observes Warrior Care Month, Warrior Transition Command (WTC) focuses on the special programs designed to support the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers recovering at Warrior Transition Units. Story

Intern Program Gives Warriors a Second Chance

John Patterson, a wounded warrior and medically retired Marine, was injured when a bomb went off as he entered a building during a combat patrol Jan. 23, 2011. The blast severed his left leg below the knee. Patterson, a native of Columbia, Md., now works as an intern at Program Executive Officer Land Systems through the Wounded Warrior Intern Program, part of the Naval Acquisition Development Program.

The Wounded Warrior Intern Program, part of the Naval Acquisition Development Program, offers Marine Lance Cpl. John Patterson and others training in the lifecycle logistics career field and a full performance level position in the civilian workforce upon successful completion. Story

Dr. Biden, USO Provide Warrior Care Packs

Dr. Jill Biden, center, loads warrior care packs with Senate spouses, USO volunteers and White House interns at the vice president's home in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 2013. DOD photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden participated in a USO event to put together and deliver warrior care packs to troops recovering from illness or injury. Story

Soldiers Host British, Danish Wounded Warriors

Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk W. Conley, the command sergeant major of the Army National Guard, shares stories with British soldiers during a wounded warrior event at the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington, Va., Oct. 25, 2013. The visit was the first stop in a week-long visit for British and Danish wounded warriors. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michelle Gonzalez.

Army National Guard soldiers embraced the opportunity to foster international camaraderie by honoring the service of some 57 wounded warriors and their support teams from the United Kingdom and Denmark at the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington, Va. Story

Army to Stand up Resiliency Directorate

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General John F. Campbell speaks on a panel at the Association of The United States Army Convention on October 21, 2013 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Army leaders announced plans to stand up a Resiliency Directorate which will be responsible for leading a cultural change Army-wide starting in November during a panel discussion at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition. Story

Army Promotes Healthy Lifestyle for Soldiers

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, commanding general, United States Army Medical Command, speaks about healthy lifestyle choices at a forum at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 22, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

The Army is promoting healthy lifestyle choices to improve the readiness and resilience of soldiers, and the health and well-being of Army families, said the Army's surgeon general. Story

Running for the Wounded

185 for Heroes, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for wounded warriors, hosts a yearly seven-day, seven marathon run. Story

Wounded Warriors Learn to Move Forward

Sailors and Coast Guardsmen take part in a recreational adaptive sports camp.

12 wounded warriors recently participated in a three-day recreational sports camp which featured wheelchair basketball and swimming and several new sports - adaptive lacrosse, racquetball and tennis - taught by world-class instructors. Story

Leaders: Best Yet to Come for Wounded Warriors

In this look back at the 2013 Warrior Games, a top Navy leader said the biggest message everyone should take away from the games is that "the best time in the lives of wounded warriors is still ahead." Story

Wounded Warrior Demonstrates Fighting Spirit

Photo of Retired Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Frank.

A motor vehicle accident took one sailor's dream of becoming a Navy Seal, but he did not let it take his fighting spirit or thirst for gold. Story

An Invisible Injury

Photo of Retired Navy Chaplain Lt. Rickey Bennett

Retired Navy Chaplain Lt. Rickey Bennett discusses helping other service members cope with PTSD as well as his own battles with the talks about why he participates in the Warrior Games. Story

Reservist Moves Forward With Positive Energy

Mineman 1st Class Linda Simpson.

Navy reservist Mineman 1st Class Linda Simpson doesn't let her amputation stop her from competing for gold, and imparts that positive energy to fellow wounded warriors. Story

Wounded Warrior Emphasizes Recovery, Therapy, Bonds

Medically retired Petty Officer Third Class Nathan DeWalt.

Medically retired Petty Officer Third Class Nathan DeWalt, a former master at arms, says participating in events like the Warrior Games is not about who takes the gold medal, rather it's about recovery, therapy and making lifelong bonds. Story

Operation Warfighter Helps U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms Provide Better Opportunities

Erica Miller and Taurus Moore hosting the Sergeant at Arms Wounded Warrior Internship Program Booth at a recent Operation Warfighter Outreach Event.

A Senior HR Administrator with the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms (SAA) knew about the difficult transition many Vietnam-era veterans experienced, and wanted to give Service members better opportunities. Story

From Operation Warfighter Intern to Defense Technical Information Center Employee

DTIC Team  with former OWF Intern Carolyn Fota. Back row, left to right, Michele Finley, Helen Sherman, Angela Davis, and James Fletcher. Front row, left to right, Sandy Schwalb, Carolyn Fota, Howard Brande, and Phyllis Bell.

Lt. Col. (Ret) Carolyn E. Fota was progressing through her career when she was diagnosed with epilepsy, as the result of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Story

Marine Program Supports Wounded Reservists

It is only fitting that a Marine reservist who is wounded, ill or injured receives the same consistent support as their active-duty counterparts, and a program makes sure that Marine's needs for recovery are met. Story

Wounded Warriors Race in Regatta

Marines from Wounded Warrior Battalion Wes-Detachment Hawaii, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, participate in the Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta at Fort DeRussy Beach, Aug. 18, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Janelle Y. Chapman) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Janelle Y. Chapman).

Wounded Warriors from the Marine Corps and other services rowed the Pacific along with teams of joint active duty service members in the 600-meter Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta in Hawaii. Story

Amputee Shares Experience at Infantry School

Gunnery Sgt. Gabriel Guest (right), the chief instructor of the Advanced Machine Gunners Course at Advanced Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry – West, patrols back to Forward Operating Base Gray after a firefight in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in April 2008. Five months into his deployment, Guest, a native of Spokane, Wash., was on a patrol when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device, ejecting him from his vehicle and causing three different compound fractures in his left leg, which ultimately led to the amputation of his leg in 2012. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps/Released).

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Gabriel Guest, a native of Spokane, Wash., continues to mentor and lead Marines as the chief instructor at the Advanced Machine Gunners course at Advanced Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry – West, a year after his left leg was amputated. Story

Wounded Warriors ‘Dribble and Roll’ to Victory

With pointers learned from Coach Bennie Reine (far right), Sgt. Douglas Norton, Company D, 1st Battalion, WTB, manages to escape a grab from a Harker Heights Hustler. Gloria Montgomery, WTB Public Affairs.

Wounded warriors from the Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade scrimmaged with local wheelchair basketball clubs as they hone their skills for a place on the Army's wheelchair basketball team at the 2014 Warrior Games. Story

Grandmother Receives Purple Heart

With grandpa Don looking on, Sgt. Trecia Rodgers explains to her oldest grandson, Payton, why George Washington is in the center of the heart-shaped medal. Although too young to understand war, Rodgers said her oldest grandson does understand that his grandma is a Soldier. Gloria Montgomery, WTB Public Affairs.

Army Sgt. Trecia Rodgers, a 46-year old grandmother of four, assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, Warrior Transition Brigade, recently received the Purple Heart following injuries sustained during a rocket attack on Forward Operation Base Shank, Afghanistan, May 6, 2012. Story

Vice Chairman Joins Warriors for Softball Classic

Navy Adm. James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hits a single during his final time at bat during the third annual Wounded Warriors Celebrity Softball Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2013. DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff joined wounded warriors, Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals organization and celebrities from across the country for the third annual Wounded Warriors Celebrity Softball Classic in Washington D.C. Story

Army Vice Chief, Warriors Share Their Inspirations

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell, center, applauds as teams are introduced during the third annual Wounded Warriors Celebrity Softball Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2013. DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell came out to show his support for wounded warriors across all branches of service during the third annual Wounded Warriors Celebrity Softball Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Story

Vice Chairman Joins in Opening Warrior Retreat

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has presided over the grand opening of Boulder Crest Retreat for seriously wounded service members, veterans and their families. Story

Wounded Warrior Praises Family Support

Army Col. Gregory D. Gadson has been through life's ups and downs: from a life-changing attack in Iraq to a role in a Hollywood movie. Now serving as commander of Fort Belvoir, Va., Gadson credits his family for his recovery. He especially appreciates the support provided by his children -- who he said like all military children demonstrate strength and resilience that enables their parents to focus on the mission at hand. DOD photo by Donna Miles.

Army Col. Gregory D. Gadson, an Iraq veteran who played the role of a combat-wounded double amputee in the 2012 movie, "Battleship," credits his family for his recovery. Story

Wounded Warrior Becomes Military Doctor

Ten years after being wounded in Iraq, Army Capt. (Dr.) Christian Labra has completed medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is about to graduate from a three-year residency at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. Now he is preparing for his first assignment as a board-certified family physician in Germany. DOD photo by Donna Miles.

Severely injured in Iraq a decade ago, Army Capt. Christian Labra soon will complete his three-year residency and then report to his first assignment as a board-certified family physician in Germany. Story

Wounded Warrior Makes Good on Vow

Retired Marine Corps Capt. Dan Moran, right, his wife, Teal, and children, Trey, Macy and William, gather in front of the house in Cypress, Texas, donated to them by the Helping a Hero organization that supports wounded warriors and their families. Moran said he is committed to making good on his vow to return the investment made in him by giving back to others. Courtesy photo by Lizette Moran.

Retired Marine Corps Capt. Dan Moran is a wounded warrior who helps other veterans as the founder and chief of a private consulting firm that promotes veterans employment and veteran causes. Story

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