Air Force

February 8, 2013

Wounded Warriors meet for annual Nevada muster

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Airman 1st Class Monet Villacorte
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Soldiers from the Community Based Warrior Transition Unit participate in an aquatics instruction class at the Warrior Fitness Center Jan. 28, at Nellis Air Force Base. The CBWTU is a program designed to assist Soldiers transitioning back to duty or to civilian life by providing physical, emotional and cognitive health care. This muster is held annually for each of the four states they support, one of which is Nevada.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Soldiers from the Community Based Warrior Transition Unit met here for their annual Nevada muster Jan 28.

This program, based out of California, assists Soldiers transitioning back to duty or to civilian life by providing physical, emotional and cognitive health needs for them.

“Soldiers come to us with different injuries so we try to get resources that will benefit all of their needs,” said Capt. James Moran, CBWTU patient administration officer in charge.

According to the Warrior Transition Battalion fact sheet, the CBTWU allows Soldiers to live with their families while receiving local health care in their communities. They also receive regular support from their unit in managing their comprehensive care plan and accessing additional resources.

“The program gives the Soldiers the opportunity to heal and get their medical treatments in their communities,” Moran said. “They can live in their homes and go to local doctors that we find for them through TRICARE.

“If they live near a military installation, they can use the facilities on post or base,” he added.

With Nellis being so close to Soldiers who live in or around the Las Vegas area, resources such as the Mike O’Callahan Federal Medical Center, the Health and Wellness Center and Warrior Fitness Center are key assets to a timely recovery.

“By utilizing the fitness center and the HAWC, the Soldiers were able to get nutrition counseling, fitness assessments done and received a very individualized exercise program,” Moran said. “They also were able to take advantage of an aquatics instruction class at the pool.”

“The [99th]Force Support Squadron is always willing to support our warriors,” said Tech Sgt. Noe Andrade, Warrior Fitness Center program manager.

The CBWTU not only conducts annual musters for Nevada but also for Washington and Oregon.

“Every year we do an annual muster by region, and we pull together resources that are going to help them recover and transition back in to their jobs and civilian life,” Moran said.

“This program has helped me in regards to my physical therapy,” said Spc. Joseph Varner, 1st Squadron, 221st Armored Calvary infantryman. “Meeting the different therapists gives me more than one way to do an exercise which is helpful.

“Everything the program offers is great and is well organized,” he added. “It’s good that they come to our cities instead of us going to California. Now I know the resources that are available to me in my area.”

CBWTU will continue to provide its Soldiers with the resources they need to recover effectively.




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