Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)

Army Reserve: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet

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Summary:

The Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) is the official U.S. Army program that assists and advocates for severely wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families, wherever they are located, regardless of military status. Soldiers who qualify for AW2 are assigned to the program as soon as possible after arriving at the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU). AW2 supports these Soldiers and their Families throughout their recovery and transition, even into Veteran status. Through the local support of AW2 Advocates, AW2 strives to foster the Soldier's independence. There are more than 18,200 Soldiers and Veterans currently in AW2.

Eligibility:

In order for Retired Army Reserve Soldiers to be considered for entry into AW2, the Soldier must suffer from wounds, illness, or injuries incurred in the line of duty after September 10, 2001 AND:

Receive or expect to receive at least a 30% rating from the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) for one of the conditions listed below:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Severe loss of vision/blindness
  • Severe hearing loss/deafness
  • Fatal / incurable disease with limited life expectancy
  • Loss of limb
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Severe burns
  • Severe paralysis
  • Receive a 30% rating or greater for one Veterans Affairs Scheduled Rating Decision (VASRD) as rated by the Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) in any other Special Category (SPECAT)/ Enabling Care (EC) or combat-related condition or injury caused by an instrumentality of war;

OR

  • Receive a combined 50% IDES rating for any other combat / combat-related condition, or injuries caused by an instrumentality of war.

Benefit Highlights:

AW2 Advocates
Each AW2 Soldier is assigned an AW2 Advocate who provides personalized local support to the Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families. AW2 Advocates are located at military treatment facilities, VA Polytrauma Centers, VA facilities, and most Army installations.

Enrollment
Soldiers and Veterans who meet the above eligibility requirements and are not currently enrolled in AW2 should contact the AW2 Call Center for assistance.

Nationwide (toll-free): (877) 393-9058
Overseas DSN: (312) 221-9113
Email: AW2 Contact Center

Wounded Warrior Lifecycle of Care
Each AW2 Soldier moves through the six-phase Lifecycle of Care. The Army uses this cycle to anticipate what the wounded warrior and his/her Family will need during each phase. AW2 provides support throughout the six phases of the Wounded Warrior Lifecycle of Care.

AW2 Soldiers also receive support from the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) triad of care throughout the first five phases, and AW2 continues to provide necessary support as the wounded warrior transitions to Veteran status.

The phases of the Wounded Warrior Lifecycle include:

  1. Evacuation and Notification

  2. Treatment

  3. Rehabilitation

  4. Evaluation

  5. Transition

  6. Management and Support

Additional Information:

For more information, please visit the Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) webpage maintained by the Department of the Army:
http://www.wtc.army.mil/modules/soldier/s2-aw2EligibilityEnrollment.html

AW2 Advocates Wounded Warrior support:
http://www.wtc.army.mil/modules/soldier/s2-advocates.html

Wounded Warrior Lifecycle of Care:
http://www.wtc.army.mil/modules/soldier/s2-lifecycle.html

Online Resource for Americans with Disabilities:
https://www.disability.gov/

Document Review Date: 4 September 2014