In 2008, after reports of wounded troops being treated in “substandard facilities” came out in the Army News Service, the Department of Defense established Warrior Care Programs (WCP). These programs helped to create accountability and uniform standards of care across all the branches of military service. This included everything from the recovery process, going back to duty, to transitioning into civilian life.
As a part of these new programs, Warrior Care Month was also created in 2008. The DoD established November as Warrior Care Month in an attempt to raise awareness of the needs and lives of wounded warriors. Each year since Warrior Care Month has been observed in November DoD-wide with activities, programs, and social media town hall meetings.
There is a Warrior Care Program for each branch of the military. These Programs are:
-Navy/Coast Guard Wounded Warrior/Safe Harbor
– Army Wounded Warrior/Warrior Care and Transition
– Air Force/Space Force Wounded Warrior Program
– Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment