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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Fort officials cut ribbon for new Warrior Transition Unit

  • General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital and Fort Leonard Wood officially commemorated the opening of a new Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, May 2, at the WTU campus.
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  • General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital and Fort Leonard Wood officially commemorated the opening of a new Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, May 2, at the WTU campus.
    The campus, operational since December 2012, includes a Soldier Family Assistance Center for financial management and educational resources, an administrative building and 24 two-bedroom suites with kitchen and living room units.
    Col. Marie Dominguez, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital commander, 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 campus, located adjacent to the main hospital, is managed by 40 civilian and military service members.
    The Fort Leonard Wood WTU is one of 29 specialized units throughout the U.S. and Europe.
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