The Wounded Warrior Program and eXtension: A Great Team Supporting Those Caring for our Wounded Service Members

The Wounded Warrior Program, an educational collaboration between the Texas AgriLife Extension service, USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and the U.S. Army Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, recently gathered the Advisory Council in Grapevine, Texas for several days. The program’s main focus is to reduce the caregiving burden that families of wounded service members may experience. The Wounded Warrior Program has been working with eXtension’s Family Caregiving Community of Practice (CoP) and Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) to create and disseminate their content.

The Advisory Council is made up of U.S. Army Soldier and Family Assistance Center staff, caregivers of wounded service members, Cooperative Extension professionals, active duty and retired service members, medical professionals, and family service professionals. The Council was updated by USDA/NIFA, the Family Caregiving CoP, and the MFLN on their support and involvement for the program. In addition, a wide variety of recently created content was reviewed and recommendations were provided to the Wounded Warrior team. Included in the sessions were discussions of lessons learned and training for the Tailored Caregiver Assessment & Referral Process (TCARE), a resource designed for people with caregiving responsibilities.

The Wounded Warrior Program provides a wide variety of support for military families who care for a wounded service member in some way. They provide educational materials and programs, interactive, online classes, resources, and other services for those family members. In conjunction with the MFLN, professional development is offered to Solider and Family Assistance Center staff to develop effective care management practiced to support military families. Areas of support include, but are not limited to, Caregiving 101, Severe Burns, Amputees, Traumatic Brain Injury, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Spinal Cord Injury, Vision Loss, Caregiver Emotions, Getting “the Call”, Children of Wounded Warriors, and Relationship Intimacy.

For more information about the Wounded Warrior Program, check them out at: http://www.extension.org/pages/60576/military-family-caregiving