The event highlighted the regiment's successes, current projects and future
developments to enhance care for the wounded, ill, injured and their families.|
Sergeant Courtney Rauch, a headquarters clerk who was severly wounded in
Afghanistan, is one of many success stories where the WWR has played a
significant role. Before dedicating his service to the WWR, Rauch was an
infantryman with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment.
“I was on a routine patrol about halfway through [my] deployment ... [we] ran over
an [improvised explosive device], ended up losing my left leg, shrapnel wounds
to the right leg and a shattered foot,” Rauch said.
Through the WWR, he was able to recover, receive a prosthetic leg, go through
physical therapy and is now running again. When Rauch was offered a job at the
WWR, he jumped on the opportunity.
“I just wanted to work – give a little back for what they gave back to me,”
The regiment uses its employment programs to help Marines, such as Rauch, make
the transition process smoother for everyone, including their families.
“We're working on a wounded warrior hiring initiative right now, to help our
wounded, ill and injured find jobs.” said Col. Gregory Boyle, WWR commanding
Although the regiment does everything possible to ensure a smooth transition to
the civilian world, it can still be difficult for Marines getting out, Boyle
The Tiger Team, a small group of wounded warriors who visit other veterans,
provides assistance to those who have separated from the Corps, demonstrating
they are not forgotten.
Retired Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Workman, Navy Cross recipient and former Wounded
Warrior now serving as an operations analyst and Tiger Team member at the WWR,
explained how the Tiger Team is a group of mobile Marines and civilians whose
mission is to ensure every wounded warrior is taken care of in and out of the
Workman said the Tiger Team reaches out to Marines who might be having a hard
time transitioning back into the civilian world due to psychological damage
received while serving.
If a Marine is having trouble and there isn't assistance nearby, the Tiger Team
is deployed to come to his aid, Workman said.
“Whatever they're experiencing out there, whether it's a physical or
psychological health issues, they can get help 24/7,” Boyle said.
For three years, the regiment has focused on providing non-medical care
throughout the initial treatment, rehabilitation and transition phases back into
the fleet or a civilian environment.
According to Boyle, the Wounded Warrior Regiment continues to set the bar higher
each year and has provided care to more than 18,000 Marines and sailors.
“The Marines and their families: They are our target, they are our center mass,”
Marines with the Wounded Warrior Regiment celebrate the regiment's third
anniversary with a cake cutting ceremony here April 15, 2010. The event
highlighted the regiment's successes, current projects and future developments
to enhance care for the wounded, ill, injured and their families.