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Wounded Vets, CAREER Counselors Gather in Washington as Obama Announces Afghanistan Troop Buildup
Date:12/2/2009

Media Advisory for Thursday, Dec. 3

Head of Army's Warrior Transition Command to Speak at Luncheon Meeting of Army Wounded Warriors; Army Embraces Reality of 'Unseen Injuries' and Helps Vets Adjust

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the National Organization on Disability:

WHAT: Wounded veterans and career counselors from the Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) program's National Organization on Disability's Career Demonstration Project will be gathering in Washington for a previously-scheduled meeting this week, right after President Obama announces plans to beef up troop strength in Afghanistan. Advances in battlefield medicine mean more soldiers survive injuries that could have killed them in the past, and the AW2/NOD program is part of the Army's commitment to provide services to them after they separate from the military.

Brigadier General Gary Cheeks, Assistant Surgeon General of Warrior Care and commander of the Army's Warrior Transition Command, will speak to a luncheon gathering on Thursday at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel across from the Capitol. A number of veterans in the NOD program will be joining the annual meeting assessing the program and looking to the future, including the likelihood that beefing up troop strength in Afghanistan will increase the need for expanding the services provided by the program.

More than 50 percent of the 5,600 soldiers and veterans in the AW2 program have a primary diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disease (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), as well as suffering a wide range of other injuries. The NOD Career Demonstration Project serves about 200 of the most severely-injured of those veterans in an intensive, high-touch one-on-one program aimed at helping them adjust to civilian life, including seeking employment and education opportunities, in three states -- Colorado, North Carolina and
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