Wounded Warrior Item #1 How it Began


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Wounded Warrior

  • Item #1 - How it Began

  • Item #2 - Building the Team

  • Item #3 - Learning

  • Item #4 - Wounded Warrior Regiment

  • Item #5 - How Can You Help?


  • Item #1

  • How it Began



Kalsu, Iraq Last picture before injury







Received my Purple Heart



  • At Night: OVER-ACTIVE MIND

  • Day Time: Expressive and Receptive APHASIA

  • Vision Limited Reading/Writing

  • Fatigue Mental Exhaustion

  • Right Leg: Lack of solid control

  • Right Arm: Lack of solid control



Limited Duty





1st: Hang out with my unit

  • 1st: Hang out with my unit

  • - Drink Coffee. Chat. Visit.

  • - 3 Hours a day, 2-3 days a week.

  • 2nd: Visit Lejeune Hospital

  • Common Status

  • Loneliness. Guiltiness. Sadness. Confusion. BORED!

  • Take Away - Live Together?

  • 3rd: Propose the Idea to the (then) CG II MEF

  • Gen Jim Amos…..Approved



Unit was Growing

  • Spring 2005 Barracks – 6

  • Others – 10%

  • Spring 2006

  • Barracks - 64 Others – 50%

  • Spring 2007

  • Barracks – 110

  • Others – 90%

  • Glenn Beck – WEB

  • Glenn Beck - Memory



Benefits of the Barracks

  • Togetherness Events. Talking to each other.

  • Purpose Part of a Marine Corps Team

  • Problem Solving Individuals are supported Vehicle/Driver available

  • Case Manager More Responsive

  • Food Delivered

  • Education

  • Papers, requests, follow ups, second opinions







What We Had Learned



What We Had Learned (Cont)





















Barracks Staff 2005 - 2007



WWR Organization





Wounded Warrior Battalion - West



Wounded Warrior Battalion - East







Know about the Wounded Warrior Call Center





Know that you can and should talk to Wounded Warriors

  • Were you injured?

  • (Do you mind telling me) What Happened?

  • How are you doing?

    • Their response….”I’m Fine”
      • You should disagree “I could never handle that” etc…
  • Did you loose a friend?

    • If so, it is the worst thing that happened.
  • Say nothing negative

    • Especiappy “anti-war”
  • Thank you, etc…

  • What unit were you in?

    • Best unit in the Army.
    • If a Marine, it is important. But not as much.


Spread the word

  • Call Center

  • My Web Site

  • Internet Stories

    • Find a story of this Warrior, and tell him/her about it.
  • Donations are amazing

    • www.hopeforthewarrior.org
      • They contact other organizations if at all possible
      • Smart


Spread information Remember, they are people






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