Wounded in Action (WIA)
Story by: I&R Staff
Fort Riley has implemented a Wounded in Action (WIA) program that provides active duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers and Families with a support system that integrates available personal and professional care. The program incorporates and integrates several existing programs under a coordinator who facilitates and coordinates support for Soldiers wounded in action and Families from the time of initial casualty notification and beyond. The intent of the program is to ensure Families have a central point of contact for resources and assistance.
The WIA program coordinator serves as an advocate and works closely with local and national agencies to identify resources and benefits available to Families of wounded Soldiers. Benefits include, but are not limited to, monetary assistance, calling cards, free air transportation to medical facilities, and personal and professional care. The key element of the WIA program includes a network of resources not limited to Fort Riley and volunteer support. Soldiers and Families who require assistance should contact the WIA program coordinator at the Casualty Assistance Office, at (785) 239-5520.
In addition, the WIA program provides Fort Riley Casualty Liaison Officers (LNOs) stationed at major medical facilities: Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), Fort Sam Houston, TX; Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), Washington, D.C.; and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. The LNOs monitor and coordinate all required assistance for wounded Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley. They work closely with Family Readiness Groups, Rear Detachments, and other support activities to resolve issues and facilitate assistance to include assisting family members traveling to any of the medical facilities. The WIA program provides a holistic approach for assistance and support to all wounded Soldiers and their Families.