The Marine Corps model remains that wounded, ill, or injured Marines will continue serving with their parent units so long as their commanders can ensure their medical and other recovery needs are being met. Marines suffering catastrophic wounds or injuries or requiring complex care coordination for treatment of acute or chronic illnesses may be assigned to a Wounded Warrior Regiment element. Maintaining the structure and support of a military unit reinforces the Marine mindset that supports successful recovery and elimination of obstacles.
The Marine Corps and Regiment staff understands that an individual’s physical and psychological recovery from a wound, illness, or injury is not predictable. In addition to the underlying medical conditions, various other factors must be considered by the recovery team in the development of a Marine’s recovery plan. The overarching approach is a relationship, not a process.
WWR administers the Marine Corps Congressionally mandated Recovery Coordination Program (RCP). The federal program requires all recovering service members are assigned a Recovery Care Coordinator (RCC) and develop a Comprehensive Recovery Plan. RCCs may be assigned to Marines who have more complicated cases whether they are attached to the Wounded Warrior Regiment or remain with their parents unit. A RCC seeks to reduce anxiety and ensure a smooth recovery by working with the Marine and family to develop and assist in the execution of a Comprehensive Recovery Plan (CRP).
The CRP is a roadmap that captures a Marine’s and family’s needs, translates those into concrete goals and then provides specific, actionable steps to meet those goals. A hallmark of the CRP is that a resource is provided for each of these steps to ensure the Marine always knows who assists with each particular action.
Additionally, Marines assigned to the Wounded Warrior Regiment will have the structure and support of a Marine unit, including a section leader, who is a noncommissioned officer providing daily accountability and tracking of each Marine’s progress, serving as a mentor and offering leadership.
Additional staff support are available to Marines to assist with financial, administrative, caregivier and family resources, and transition resources.