Fort Leonard Wood Officials Cut Ribbon for New Warrior Transition Unit
FORT LEONARD WOOD - A new Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) opened Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the WTU campus.
The campus has operated since December 2012 and includes a Soldier Family Assistance Center. The center is for financial management and educational resources, an administrative building, and 24 two-bedroom suites with kitchen and living room units.
Col. Marie Dominguez is a General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital commander. She talked about the WTU mission to heal wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers for transition either back to military duty, or to continue serving the nation as veterans in the community.
The key to successful, holistic healing is the comprehensive transition plan approach that focuses on the six core attributes of spiritual, career, emotional, family, physical, and social healing, Dominguez said.
"We focus on the abilities of the Soldier, not the disabilities," she said.
"All of our Soldiers have raised their right hand to serve our nation, and we have a solemn duty- a solemn duty- to promote healing of those Soldiers," Dominguez said. "We owe our Soldiers the best possible chance for recovery."
A team of specialists, including a primary care manager, a nurse case manager, and a squad leader, work together to coordinate the care and transition of each Soldier.
On average, the unit has more than 100 Soldiers assigned, each for about a year, depending on injury and necessary transition period.
The Fort Leonard Wood WTU is one of 29 specialized units throughout the U.S. and Europe.