Refer A Marine

If a Marine cannot remain with their parent unit, a request for assignment to a Wounded Warrior Regiment element can be initiated by the parent command, medical officer, Wounded Warrior Regiment detachment Officer-in-Charge, or the Wounded Warrior Regiment operations section (contact smbwwropscenter@usmc.mil). To review WWR assignment criteria, please visit our leaders and staff page

Instructions to Referral Authorities

There are three steps to complete to assist wounded, ill, and/or injured personnel in transitioning to the Regiment. Remember, when including PII or medical information ensure encryption of email to safeguard of privacy act and HIPAA.

Wounded Warrior Battalion West
Wounded Warrior Battalion West (WWBn-W) area of responsibility is generally west of the Mississippi River to Okinawa, Japan.

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Wounded Warrior Battalion East
Wounded Warrior Battalion West (WWBn-E) area of responsibility is generally all areas east of the Mississippi River as well as
detachments at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas and Landstuhl, Germany.

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Transitioning Marines Identified at CAPSTONE by their CO or at Force Preservation Councils and assessed to be high risk due to a wound, illness, or injury should be referred to the Wounded Warrior Regiment for assessment of needs.

To refer a Marine, please download the referral form here and email to smbwwropscenter@usmc.mil.

For more information, please review MARADMIN 503/16 at http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/Messages-Display/Article/953309/transition-readiness-program-warm-handover-process/.

Capstone is a two-stage process.  Stage one - Capstone Review is an in- depth review of the Marine’s Individual Transition Plan (ITP) and Career Readiness Standards (CRS), conducted by the transition staff using DD Form 2958, ITP Checklist.  Stage two - Capstone Verification (also known as Commander’s Verification), is the culminating activity in the transition process where a Commanding Officer (CO) or designee verifies that the Marine has met CRS, has a viable ITP from military to civilian life, and whether a “warm handover” to a partner agency for additional assistance is necessary due to lack of post-military housing plans, inability to meet necessary CRS, and/or for those with any characterization of service less than honorable.  A “warm handover” is positive contact between the subject matter Marine and a relevant partner agency.  Transitioning Marines identified by their CO during Capstone or at Force Preservation Councils and assessed to be high risk due to a wound, illness, or injury should be referred to the Wounded Warrior Regiment for assessment of needs.

 

In the aftermath of a wound, illness, or injury, a Marine may require assistance with identifying resources available to support them through their recovery. The Recovery Care Coordinator (RCC) is one of the first non-medical points of contact for wounded, ill or injured (WII) Marines and their family, They help provide a support network to ensure a smooth transition either back to full duty, or to the civilian community. Designated RCCs are available to WII Marines and their families--whether they are assigned to the Wounded Warrior Regiment or remain with their operational units.
 

When Should I Consider Referring to a Recovery Care Coordinator?
The RCC program accepts Marines whether they are joined to the Wounded Warrior Regiment, located with their parent unit, resident in a military or civilian hospital, or joined to an I&I. The following may be considerations when referring for RCC support in addition to wounds, illnesses, and injuries:

  • Is not expected to return to duty within 180 days
  • Has multiple and/or complex medical needs (i.e. TBI or severe PTSD)
  • Lacks a stable family environment or has complex family needs (i.e. EFMP)
  • Is financially strained
  • Has been referred to the Integrated Disability Evaluation System and requires support through the process but is not at the PEB stage
  • Is nearing end of active service and has no transition plan (i.e. employment, housing, etc.)

How Do I Complete a Referral for Recovery Care Coordinator Support?

  • Please contact the WWR Contact Center to request a RCC:
    • Contact Center West:  888.738.7044 (Hours M-F 0730-1600, excluding holidays)
    • Contact Center East:  910.451.2589 (Hours M-F 0730-1600, excluding holidays) 
  • A call center representative will assist you with the referral process 
  • Be prepared to present all known medical conditions, non-medical needs, and justification for the referral

Once a Marine is assigned, a RCC will contact the parent command to discuss the Marine's needs and support being offered. A RCC will continue to work with the command throughout the Marine's care.