Warrior Transition Leader: Medical Rehabilitation Handbook

Warrior Transition Leader: Medical Rehabilitation Handbook
Warrior Transition Leader: Medical Rehabilitation Handbook
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Editors Cooper, Pasquina, and Drach collaborated on the Borden Institute's Warrior Transition Leader Medical Rehabilitation Handbook, which is a textbook for how to run a warrior care and transition rehabilitation program, including lessons about how best to support, heal, rehabilitate and transition military members (and their families) back into uniform or into civilian life.

The handbook covers the gamut from the history of the Warrior Transition Command and AMEDD, the models of disability, how disability is defined, the military-related disability rights movement, the roles of different healthcare professionals in medical rehabilitation, to modern rehabilitation practices relating to military members in today's conflicts.

This book is targeted toward helping Army leaders of all levels to assist wounded, injured, and ill soldiers and their families while undergoing medical rehabilitation or interacting with essential healthcare and community reintegration services. Many facets are involved in the successful healing and reintegration of soldiers, whether they continue on active duty or become successful veterans. This book should serve as a valuable tool for learning about the resources and processes that will maximize each wounded, injured, or ill soldier’s chances for success and be a resource for leaders. Information is provided about the Army Warrior Transition Command and key Army, federal agencies, veteran and military service organizations, and selected other organizations and their services and programs. Accessible information about essential principles, practices, and definitions in medical rehabilitation are included. Also presented are several vignettes on soldiers who have successfully adapted to their impairments to lead remarkable lives as soldiers or Army veterans. Although geared toward nonmedical personnel working with wounded, injured, and ill soldiers, the book has material of interest to a much broader audience. It is a must-read for anyone working within the Warrior Transition Command, or who is closely involved with or interested in assisting wounded, injured, and ill soldiers and their families.

The handbook also helps non-medical leaders to understand medications, medication interactions, risk factors for self-medication, suicide, traumatic brain injury, and polytrauma, to name a few of the issues covered.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Prologue xiii

Chapter One
Introduction  3

Rory A. Cooper

Chapter Two
The History of the Army Medical Department  17
Rory A. Cooper

Chapter Three

The History of Disability Rights and Military Conflict  27
Katherine D. Seelman, Diane M. Collins, and Lauren Atkins

Chapter Four
Models of Disability and Impairment: How to Promote Positive Interactions  51
Rory A. Cooper, Ashli Molinero, Diane M. Collins, and Elaine F. Houston

Chapter Five
The Roles of Medical Rehabilitation Professionals  67
Rosemarie Cooper, Brad E. Dicianno, and Paul F. Pasquina

Chapter Six
Definitions, Descriptions, and Complications of War-Related Injuries and Illnesses  83
Paul F. Pasquina and Daniel F. Fisher

Chapter Seven
Soldiers at Risk for Suicide or Medication Misuse  105
Marian N. Hyatt, Thane D. McCann, Carlo J. Alphonso,
and Brandon J. Goff

Chapter Eight

Assistive Technology, Accessibility, and Universal Design  119
Justin Z. LaFerrier, Ian Rice, Nahom Beyene, Nathan Sprunger,
Rich Simpson, Andrea Fairman, and Diane M. Collins

Chapter Nine
Resilience to Adapt and Overcome  159
Douglas A. Etter, Michelle L. Sporner, and Rory A. Cooper

Chapter Ten
Army Programs Related to Warriors in Transition  175
Ilana R. Yurkiewicz, Paul F. Pasquina, Mary R. Goldberg,
Ron Drach, and James E. Cox, Jr.

Chapter Eleven
Selected Veteran and Military Service Organizations
Related to Warriors in Transition  193
Rory A. Cooper and Michelle L. Sporner

Chapter Twelve
Overview of State and Federal Programs and Agencies for Wounded, Injured, and Ill Soldiers  213
Mary R. Goldberg, Ron Drach, and Michelle L. Sporner

Chapter Thirteen

Summary  231
Rory A. Cooper and Paul F. Pasquina

Acknowledgments 241
Acronyms and Abbreviations 243
Suggested Reading List 247
Index 249


Target audience are military and civilian medical professionals working to help military members with disabilities to obtain rehabilitation and transition into civilian life.  In addition, military members and their loved ones may want a copy of this handbook to understand the process of rehabilitation and transitioning, and the roles of different medical professionals in those processes.

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  • Disabled veterans, Services for, United States
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