More than 200 years ago George Washington wrote:
“the willingness of future generations to serve in our military will be directly dependent upon how we have treated those who have served in the past.”
Those words have never been more important than they are now when, just as in the Revolutionary War, the nation depends upon an all volunteer military to defend our nation. Yet we are trying to meet the needs of returning injured service members and their families within a system designed shortly after World War II. The bureaucracy of the current system does not address the urgent needs of our warriors. Did you know?
The Global War on Terror has changed warfare dramatically and reshaped battlefield medicine. Not since the Civil War have so many amputations been performed and most burn victims from this conflict face shortened life spans with years of surgeries and pain. One of the “signature” injuries of the war, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), affects an undetermined multitude of returning warriors with symptoms that destroy individuals, their families, and tear at the very fabric of our society.
THE INSTITUTE FOR COMBAT WOUNDED believes it is time to change the way we care for our injured service members and their families. To accomplish this, the Institute will build an educational message that informs the injured and their family members and the public of the tremendous need for a modern disability evaluation system, standardized medical protocols, diagnosis, treatment, and reintegration of the wounded into their communities. Only then will the injured and their families be able to enjoy healthy, productive, and meaningful lives.