Army Wounded Warrior Program
The U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2), a major component of the Army’s Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP), was established in 2004. AW2 supports severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans, their Families and caregivers with the recovery and reintegration process to reach a state of self- sufficiency.
In order to be considered eligible for entry into AW2, Soldiers must suffer from wounds, illness, or injuries incurred in the line of duty after September 10, 2001 AND meet one of the following criteria:
1. Receive or expect to receive at least a 30% rating from the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) for one of the conditions listed below:
- OR -
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- Severe loss of vision/blindness.
- Severe hearing loss/deafness.
- Fatal / incurable disease with limited life expectancy.
- Loss of limb.
- Spinal cord injury.
- Permanent disfigurement.
- Severe burns.
- Severe paralysis.
- Complex Behavioral Health Conditions that were caused, or exacerbated or aggravated by exacerbated by combat/instrumentality of war versus service (in accordance with the DSM IV 2000*).
- Receive a 30% rating or greater for one Veterans Affairs Scheduled Rating Decision (VASRD) as rated by the Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) in any other Special Category (SPECAT)/ Enabling Care (EC) or combat/combat-related condition;
2. Receive a 30% IDES disability rating in any other combat related condition or any condition caused by an instrumentality of war.
- OR -
3. Receive a combined 50% IDES rating for any other combat/combat-related condition.
At this time there are no exceptions to AW2 entry criteria; however, we are currently evaluating the appeals process and will keep you informed of any changes.
The DSM IV 2000 is a standard criteria published by the American Psychiatric Association and is used for the classification of mental disorders.
Soldiers and Veterans who meet the AW2 eligibility requirements and are not currently enrolled in AW2 should contact the AW2 Call Center for assistance:
AW2 Call Center
Nationwide (toll-free): (877) 393-9058
Overseas DSN: (312) 221-9113
Or contact an advocate in Europe.
US Army Wounded Warrior Program
Bldg. 93766, Room 101
The Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) is the official U.S. Army program that assists and advocates for severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families, wherever they are located, regardless of military status.
Soldiers who qualify for AW2 are assigned to the program as soon as possible after arriving at the Warrior Transition Unit. AW2 supports these Soldiers and their Families throughout their recovery and transition, even into Veteran status. This program, through the local support of AW2 Advocates, strives to foster the Soldier's independence.
Each AW2 Soldier is assigned an AW2 Advocate who provides personalized local support to the Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families. AW2 Advocates are located at Military Treatment Facilities, VA Polytrauma Centers, VA facilities and most Army installations.
AW2 supports the most severely wounded Soldiers and Veterans who suffer from injuries or illness incurred in the line of duty after September 10, 2001, in support of Overseas Contingency Operations since 9/11. These Soldiers and Veterans must receive or expect to receive an Army Physical Disability Evaluation System rating of 30% or greater in one or more specific categories, such as:
- Blindness/Loss of Vision
- Deafness/Hearing Loss
- Fatal/Incurable Disease
- Loss of Limb
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Severe Burns
- Spinal Cord Injury/Paralysis
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Any other condition requiring extensive hospitalizations or multiple surgeries
AW2 also supports Soldiers who receive an Army Physical Disability Evaluation System combined rating of 50% or greater for conditions that are the result of combat or are combat-related.