Like many families, military Families have day-to-day concerns about financial management, parenting and building positive relationships. However, life in the military comes with special stresses, especially if the service member becomes wounded in battle.
In 2010 the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Military Program developed theWounded Warrior Program, under the establishment of a grant funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the U.S. Army Family and Moral, Welfare and Recreation Command.
The Wounded Warrior Program’s mission is to provide support to families of wounded, ill, and injured service members through educational materials and support services.
Strategies for Program Development
The Wounded Warrior Program’s main focus is to reduce the caregiving burden that families of wounded service members may experience.
Program initiatives include:
- Provide educational materials about medical services and support.
- Provide interactive, online training classes.
- Provide educational programs, online resources and caregiving skills through eXtension and other online portals.
- Increase military Families’ awareness of very serious injuries (VSI) and serious injuries (SI).
- Enable Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) staff to develop effective care management practices to support Families caring for wounded warriors.
- Assist SFAC staff in expanding the skills necessary to sustain Families caring for wounded service members through the use of the Tailored Caregiver Assessment & Referral Process (TCARE®).
Under the NIFA grant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service works in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee to adapt the Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral Process (TCARE®). TCARE® is designed for individuals with caregiving responsibilities. The program assesses and matches family caregiver needs with community and military resources for support. For more information on TCARE®, visit http://www4.uwm.edu/tcare/.
In addition to partnering with the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has given special consideration to the Soldier and Family Assistance Centers (SFAC) within the NIFA grant. SFACs provide services tailored to meet the needs of warriors in transition and their families in the U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM)–Family Programs.
This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), under Agreement No. 2009-48702-06080.
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.