Resources available for wounded warriors

By Brian Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance

They are returning from combat in record numbers. With scars seen and unseen, wounded members of the armed services are making their way through hospitals, clinics and facilities from one side of the world to the other. Then they are on their journey through recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.

The Department of Defense and the Military Health System have made the care of wounded, ill or severely injured service members a priority. To help those service members and their families understand the breadth of resources available, the DoD has selected November as Warrior Care Month (, highlighting services and programs for wounded, ill and injured members of the military.

TriWest Healthcare Alliance, the TRICARE managed care support contractor for the 21-state West Region, works with MHS partners to help wounded warriors and their families access the health care they need, when they need it. To more efficiently access care, it is important that beneficiaries understand how the different programs can work together.

Supporting the Department of Defense initiative dedicating November as “Warrior Care Month,” TriWest kicked off a month of giving thanks with its “30 Ways in 30 Days” outreach initiative for recovering service members and their families. The initiative includes a laundry list of contributions, resources, ongoing care coordination and other efforts to support recovering service members and families, as well as the organizations that support them.

For more information about Warrior Care Month and resources for recovering service members and their families, visit