The USSOCOM Warrior Care Program (Care Coalition) assists Service Members through four lines of operation:
Recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration are often referred to as the healing phases.
The Recovery Phase begins at the point of injury or diagnosis, and ends with release from acute inpatient care (when you are discharged from the hospital). Key events in Recovery may include:
- Notification of wound, illness, or injury to family members
- Family or caregiver receives Invitational Travel Orders to travel to hospital bedside
- Arrival at a military treatment facility in the U.S. or OCONUS
- Treatments begin in a hospital setting
- Medical Assessment by a team of physicians, and a determination of the category rating of the injury (Category I, Category II, Category III)
- Comprehensive Needs Assessment to determine the service member and family needs (medical, support, financial, etc.), which builds a Comprehensive Recovery Plan (CRP), including targets and goals to serve road map through recovery
USSOCOM Warrior Care Program Recovery Care Coordinators assist Service Members in their mental, physical and spiritual recovery by getting them to the resources that are in the community. This could be physicians, physical therapists, behavioral health providers, etc. RCCs also assist service members providing or referring someone to help them. The focus is across all the separate modalities to assist the Service Member. Their responsibilities to the Service Member and their family include, but are not limited to:
The Rehabilitation phase often begins while your are still inpatient or in the midst of recovery (depending on the severity of the wound, illness or injury) and may continue at the hospital in an outpatient status and through the tapering of treatments such as physical therapy. This phase can vary in length depending on your specific needs. Key events in Rehabilitation include:
As soon as possible, the Service Member, with the help of Warrior Care Program RCCs, will begin goal setting, self assessments and transition reviews focused on developing a recovery plan that sets the Service Member and their Family, on a path for future success. This includes:
USSOCOM Warrior Care Program Recovery Care Coordinators provide the following resources and assistance to Service Members during rehabilitation; these include, but are not limited to the following:
Special Adaptive Housing
Temporary Residence Adaptation
Travel, lodging, outreach, care rental and child care
Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL)
The USSOCOM Warrior Care Program (Care Coalition) is committed to retaining qualified Service Members and returning them to duty whenever possible. The reintegration phase covers the time when you prepare to return to military duty. This is the goal for all SOF wounded, ill, & injured. Ideally, Service Members will be able to continue their military career in their desired military occupational specialty after completing rehabilitation. The initial clinical assessment combined with the Service Member's preference, may allow the Active Component Service Member to remain on active duty and members of the National Guard and Reserve to continue to serve in their capacity.
Returning to Duty includes:
When you return to duty, your RCC will continue to provide overwatch and support. Your unit medical providers will become more involved in tracking your health needs and are supplemented by the maintenance and sustainment of POTFF (Preservation of the Force and Family) programs that are resident at your unit.
USSOCOM Warrior Care Program Recovery Care Coordinators provide resources and assistance to Service Members during reintegration, this list includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES)
- Continued Contact
- Unit Control