Army Recovery Care Program (ARCP) (formerly known as Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2))
The Army Recovery Care Program (ARCP) transitions Soldiers, their Families, and/or caregivers back to the force and/or to Veteran status, through a comprehensive program of medical care, rehabilitation, professional development and achievement of personal goals. The ARCP was previously known as the Warrior Care and Transition Program.
Through the use of Soldier Recovery Units (SRUs), ARCP manages the recovery of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers requiring complex care. The program also provides resources and advocacy for Families and caregivers of Soldiers recovering in the program. There are 14 SRUs located on military installations across the country.
There have been over 80,000 Soldiers that have participated in ARCP since its inception.
The return home from combat can often leave servicemembers feeling out of place with the most important people in their lives - their families.
"In deployment, Soldiers grow accustomed to a new lifestyle and a new 'family' - those buddies that bond together to defend each other," said Maj. Ken Williams, 14th Military Police Brigade chaplain. "This lifestyle change is prolonged and becomes familiar, i.e., the new normal."
The families also change while the Soldier is deployed.
"The family is a system," Williams said. "When one family member is absent, the whole system changes. All members of the family adapt to a new 'normal' way of life."
When the servicemember returns, the family may feel uncomfortable with each other, and the servicemember may withdraw from the family.