Wounded Warrior Project to serve almost 20,000 service members over the next five years

Kaylah Jackson
October 23, 2018 - 11:03 am

(Photo courtesy of Wounded Warrior Project)

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Living with post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury is challenging enough, and when you add the cost and work it takes to find the right care program, you’ve got a whole new level of stress.

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is alleviating that stress by expanding its Warrior Care Network thanks to a $160 million grant, allowing it to serve thousands more injured service members over the next five years.

Warrior Care Network brings together WWP and four other world-class medical centers to create a nationwide web of services that provide clinical and family-centered treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans and service members who experience post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

"I do this because for me it’s really a continuation of my entire adult life," said Michael Linnington, CEO of WWP and retired Army Lieutenant General. “I’ve seen the amazing transformation of many of our veterans who transition from uniformed service to civilian life and just as they have been amazing leaders, role models, problem solvers, in military formations, they are equally talented in civilian life if given the opportunity and the resources to heal."

The grant will expand both the network’s regional outpatient program and intensive outpatient program.

The outpatient program (OP), which will serve more than 5,000 warriors over the next five years, is ideal for service members who are local and unable to take time off work for extensive recovery. These patients are able to live at home during their treatment.

For injured service members who might require a more centralized program in one location, the intensive outpatient program (IOP) requires the individual to stay at a medical center during treatment for two or three weeks depending on the length of their respective program. The grant will allow IOP to serve almost 20,000 warriors over the course of five years.

The participating medical centers in partnership with WWP include Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Emory’s Veterans Program at Emory University, and University of California, Los Angeles.

All of the locations provide top-of-the-line resources including behavioral health care, rehabilitative medicine, wellness, nutrition, mindfulness training, and family support at no cost to the patient.

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