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Warrior Transition Leader Medical Rehabilitation Handbook

Warrior Transition Leader Medical Rehabilitation Handbook

(Paper: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/768331035)
(PDF: http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/borden/Portlet.aspx?id=833ad5a5-e982-4cf8-8b24-8dabe5f12b7e)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are some complications associated with amputation?
  • What is the treatment for heterotopic ossification?
  • What are some symptoms associated with spinal cord injury?
  • When can Multiple Sclerosis be a service-connected disability?
  • What is polytrauma?
  • How can cars be modified to allow wounded veterans to keep driving?


From the prologue:

This book provides information about the Army Warrior Transition Command, and key Army, federal agency, Veteran and military service organizations, and selected other organizations, services, and programs that are available to assist wounded, injured, and ill Soldiers and their Families.

Accessible information about essential principles, practices, and definitions in medical rehabilitation is presented. Several vignettes are given about 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, material of interest to a much broader audience is contained within.

For writers deciding what service-related medical issues to saddle a veteran character with, see chapter 6, “Definitions, Descriptions, and Complications of War-Related Injuries and Illnesses.” The book as a whole has thirteen chapters, followed by “Acronyms and Abbreviations”, “Suggested Reading List” and “Index.”


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