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NEWS | Oct. 2, 2015

Members of Congress see a day in the life of a Warrior Transition Battalion Soldier

BAMC Public Affairs

Brooke Army Medical Center’s Warrior Transition Battalion, in coordination with Warrior  Transition Command, hosted a “Day in the Life of a WTB  Soldier” at the Fort Sam Houston WTB to better inform the public of all the services provided.

Members of congress and their staff were invited to participate in the event to receive a firsthand look at how the Army cares for and provide services to Soldiers and their families.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and staffer Scott Ferguson were first to participate in the event Sept. 4, followed by Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and former WTB Soldier Jon Arnold, who visited Sept. 15.

The day included an overview of the WTB’s mission and purpose, transition and Soldier and family assistance briefs, a WTB barracks tour and a Soldier Adaptive and Reconditioning Program overview and demonstrations, emphasizing the importance of Soldiers care and transition programs for the Army’s wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers.

“This event gave us an opportunity to showcase our facilities and inform the invitees about the battalion’s mission. It also allowed us to highlight our partnerships with Department of Defense and local community organizations that play an important role in assisting our Soldiers and families during their transition period,” said Maj. Sarah Thompson, S3 WTB staff and project officer for the event.

The WTB’s mission is to ensure every Soldier receives the best care and service during his or her transition either back to duty or to the civilian community. During the visit, WTB commander Lt. Col. Michael Harper stressed the transition process and the  Soldier’s Comprehensive Transition Plan.

“One of the main components to start the transition process is through the Comprehensive Transition Plan,” Harper said. “This plan is set by the Soldier, with support of medical professionals, who will determine how they want to move ahead in their transition. It is their personal living plan of action that focuses on their future.

“Once this is established, our team of Triad of Care professionals, will help them work toward that goal,” Harper added. “We look at every aspect of care individually and tailor each transition process to achieve the goals of the Soldier and their families.”

Following Smith’s meet and greet with wounded warriors at the Center for the Intrepid, Smith praised the work being done to help wounded warriors transition into civilian life.

“The one place that we don’t have to worry about is here in San  Antonio, the Center for the Intrepid and the Warrior Transition Battalion. They get first class care all the time,” Smith said to the staff and patients. “Thank you for what you do.”

In addition to learning about the WTB’s mission, Hurd was also introduced to the importance of the Soldier Adaptive and Reconditioning Program and how they play a vital role in helping Soldiers in their recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.

“Getting involved with adaptive reconditioning allows recovering Soldiers to hone different skills, focus and relax,” Thompson said. “It has a big impact on their recovery and their overall well-being.

“They are able to train in various sports such as cycling, track and field, archery, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming and wheelchair basketball or less stringent activities such as fishing, music and horseback riding,” Thompson said. “Many Soldiers compete in the Warrior Games, and bring home medals every year – most of them gold and silver.”

“You are an inspiration to a lot of people. Keep up the great work. This is pretty awesome,” Hurd said. “The WTB doesn’t practice the common practice, you set the best practice,” he said.

Since January 2007, more than 71,000 wounded, ill or injured Soldiers and their families received care from the dedicated Warrior Care and Transition Program with more than 30,000 – approximately 44 percent – of Soldiers returned to the force.

The Army is caring for more than 3,000 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and Veterans between WTB and the Army Wounded Warrior Program with BAMC WTB having 273 Soldiers assigned to the battalion.

For more information about the BAMC WTB, visit