Fort Bragg does not need Warrior Care Month as a green light to raise awareness about the programs and resources available to wounded, ill and injured service members, or to their Families and caregivers. But, in November, the month designated by the Department of Defense as WCM, the cadre at Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion knows the way forward.
In a “Show of Strength,” a nod to this year’s WCM theme, the cadre has various activities underway.
According to Chaplain Linda Murtala, those activities include:
Bible study, held Tuesdays, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center, WTB complex. Builds spiritual resiliency.
Aromatherapy. Uses essential oil diffusers to help calm and relax nerves; increases the ability to stay focused.
Massage therapy. Offers pain relief. “It’s not just anxiety or depression or worry that creates pain,” Murtala said. “Pain holds you back from the lives you want to live.”
Conducting mindfulness and breathing exercises. Promotes healing from within.
As chaplain, Murtala said she tries to design programs to help warriors and their caregivers overcome stressors. Often, for instance, caregivers experience compassion fatigue and programs at the WTB offer them a place to relieve stress.
“Anything that has to do with healing is strength within you that you can pull to stay resilient in the face of danger,” she said.
The theme of Warrior Care Month 2016 is “Show of Strength,” represented in physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, Family support and career-readiness activities used to overcome challenges.
The mission of the WTB, according to its website, is to provide transitioning warriors the best possible care in either return to duty or in separation from the service.
Fort Bragg’s WTB is located in Building 4-2130 Normandy Drive. For more information about its services, call 907-5219 or visit www.wamc.amedd.army.mil/WTB/SitePages/Home.aspx.
(Editor’s note: Information for this article was obtained from the Defense Health Agency and from Warrior Care Policy websites.)