The U.S. Marine Corps has
established a unique new unit, the Wounded Warrior Regiment. There will be two
battalions, one on the east coast and one on the west coast. This effort grows
out of a marine innovation from last year, of assigning wounded marines to
units that could help them recover. That was simple solution for problems some
wounded marines, recuperating in the United States, had in getting bureaucratic
problems fixed. In the past, marines wounded overseas, and sent to hospitals
back home for extended treatment, were still considered part of their units
back in the combat zone. A year ago, the rules were changed to make the wounded
marines temporarily assigned to the hospital they were in, even though they still were, technically, members of
their combat unit overseas. This didn't solve the problem, so Marines were
allowed to temporarily join any nearby marine unit (active duty or reserve).
This made it a lot easier to solve any problems with pay or benefits.
Previously, such problems required communication with the marine unit overseas.
Even with email and cheap phone calls, this was quite a chore, and a bit much
for a recuperating marine to handle. By transferring these administrative
chores to a nearby unit, it was much easier to clear up problems. About a
thousand marines were eligible for this new procedure. Now, the new Wounded Warrior Regiment will have a staff
that specializes in the kinds of administrative problems wounded marines
encounter, and quick solutions for all marines that need them.