Today, military medicine is performing around the world, on land, at sea and in the air, saving lives and safely transporting patients to military emergency care within minutes of the initial injury and on to a stateside military treatment facility within 22 hours.

Our patients are transported from theater to Joint Base Andrews by the MEDEVAC and the Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT). The CCATT’s mission is to operate an intensive care unit in an aircraft cabin during flight, adding critical care capability to the U.S. Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation System. CCATT patients have received initial stabilization, but are still critically ill or wounded. They require evacuation from a less capable, to a more capable hospital, and evacuation from the combat zone.

Medical training in casualty care with highly technological and state-of-the-art means of rescue and resuscitation is surpassing anything thought possible just a few decades ago. Hands-on courses in advanced training in field medical techniques while dealing with extreme “simulated” combat scenarios has prepared Army, Navy and Air Force practitioners to care for the most important patients they will ever serve.

Furthermore, an integrated health-care system supports the individual service member who is returning to the force or transitioning to the civilian workplace. Creating healing environments that encompass both the inpatient and outpatient experience is integral to the renewal of psychological, physical, and spiritual wellness.

Within a framework of patient and family-centered care, a dedicated team of health-care professionals facilitates a speedy recovery of Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines to productive activities of daily living through cutting edge technology, evidence-based design, innovation, and partnerships with volunteer agencies.

Many of our wounded heroes transition to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for rehabilitative care. To help this process, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) created a program called “Seamless Transition,” that assigns a VA representative to ensure a smooth evolution of medical services. WRNMMC is one of the few facilities with a representative from this program.

Empowering Our Wounded, Ill and Injured (WII)

Wounded Warrior Care and Transition (WWCT) empowers WII and transitioning service members and their families by:

• Providing Recovery Care Coordinators to help WII service members and their families develop and use a Comprehensive Recovery Plan and receive the non-medical support they need to create the lives they want.

• Restructuring the Disability Evaluation System for an equitable and efficient adjudication of benefits from the DOD and VA.

• Informing service members, veterans, and families through the National Resource Directory and eBenefits websites.

• Utilizing the Transition Assistance Program to give all service members the tools they need to succeed at home when they have completed their service to our nation.

Amputee Care

At WRNMMC, we care for our wounded warriors until their acute wounds are healed. Prosthetic fitting and rehabilitation are then delivered at WRNMMC or arrangements for rehabilitation are made for transfer of the patient to either of the other two state of the art military facilities based on duty station or home of record.

Warrior Family Coordination Cell

The Warrior Family Coordination Cell (WFCC) serves as the central coordinating point between the military branches and commands for all non-medical support for Wounded, Ill and Injured (WII). WII support is the collaboration of all logistics and resource components on the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda (WRNMMC) campus that provide continuous non-medical support to the WII service members and their families. The WFCC Operations is responsible for scheduling and processing on and off-post events sponsored by Government Agencies such as the White House, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress and various others to include Non-Government Organizations, Charities, and Benevolent Organizations. The objectives of the WFCC are to leverage efficiencies, minimize redundancies, promote and assist services and optimize a healing environment for recovering WII Service members and their families. The WFCC is organizationally aligned to the WRNMMC hospital’s Resource Management Directorate.

Warrior Transition Brigade - National  Capital Region (Bethesda)

The Warrior Transition Brigade at WRNMMC facilitates the inpatient to outpatient transition by receiving, in-processing, training, and assessing new Soldiers during their inpatient and intermediate outpatient phases of transition. For more information, call 301-400-2306, or visit www.wwcc.capmed.mil/WTB/SitePages/home.aspx.

Pain Management Programs 

 Healthcare providers across the National Capital Region (NCR) are able to access advice, education and formal consultations through our subspecialty pain clinics and pain programs listed below. Inpatient and outpatient pain services are available at Walter Reed Bethesda and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital; outpatient services are available at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center at Fort Meade, Md.

Wounded Warrior Pain Care Initiative (WWPCI)

The WWPCI is designed to improve quality and access to pain care for Wounded Warriors, and is active via treatment and education of inpatients, outpatients, warriors in transition, and families of Wounded Warriors. The WWPCI is also involved with providing guidance to other healthcare staff who may be involved in the pain management of Wounded Warriors.

The goal of the program is to help Wounded Warriors and families achieve their pain management goals and provide them with knowledge and tools that they can take with them once they leave the hospital’s care.

National Capital Region Pain Initiative (NCRPI)

The National Capital Region Pain Initiative (NCRPI) includes systems to improve access to interdisciplinary pain care for all beneficiaries presenting with chronic pain, and related comorbidities across the NCRMD (National Capital Region Medical Directorate). The initiative improves access to additional integrative and alternative pain modalities and establishes a Palliative Care program.

Education is a key component of the NCRPI for staff, providers, patients, and families. The program leverages tele-health and tele-education technologies to make pain information more accessible across the NCR and beyond. As well, the Annual Pain Care Skills Training (PST) providers’ hands-on training for healthcare providers and allied healthcare professionals looking to expand their knowledge and skills to better treat pain.

These enhancements to our existing pain programs ensure a coordinated effort across the National Capital Region, and optimal care of our patients to include improvements in pain and function. The NCRPI is in line with the command’s Aim Points of Better Care, Better Health, Lower Cost, and Increasing Readiness.

HELPFUL LINKS

United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment

U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC)

U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)

Navy Personnel Command

Air Force Wounded Warrior

Military OneSource

Wounded, Ill and Inured Support Services Liaisons: A Quick Reference

WFCC: ...............................................................................855-360-4376

NSAB:.................................................................................301-319-4204

Navy:..................................................................................301-295-6022

Coast Guard:........................................................................757-374-7994

Army:..................................................................................301-400-2291

Air Force:.............................................................................301-547-1169

Marine Corps:.......................................................................301-400-0459