SOCOM’s Care Coalition Advocates provide oversight and assistance for Special Operations Forces (SOF) Wounded Ill & Injured (WII) service members and their families through a continuum of care and recovery using the Comprehensive Recovery Plan and Comprehensive Transition Plan. They provide direct, lifelong assistance to SOF personnel who are wounded, ill, or injured through effective follow up contact and collaboration with multidisciplinary teams (MDT), medical case managers and other military agencies. They also provide coordination for medical and non-medical services and facilitate smooth rehabilitation and transition back to active duty or civilian life for SOF WII service members. Additionally, they collect, maintain and analyze data for planning and tracking purposes. All SOF service members who have serious or catastrophic wounds, illnesses or injuries are eligible to receive the support of an Advocate. SOF WII service members may self-refer or be referred by medical or administrative personnel, Military Service Wounded Warrior Program staff or a family member.
Operation Helping Hand (Op HH) was formed in the spring of 2004 to provide assistance and support for the families of the active duty wounded and injured. Since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital has had a marked increase in the number of wounded and injured active duty members referred for treatment. Their Spinal Cord Injury and Comprehensive Rehabilitation Units have treated some of the most severely injured service members who have been in combat in these operations. As you can imagine, the family members of the wounded want to be with their loved ones during this critical time of treatment. The average stay for the injured is 45 days. Many of the families travel from all over the country and must provide for themselves while staying here in the Tampa Bay area. Operation Helping Hand of Tampa (Op HH), a project of the Tampa Chapter of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), has been organized to help the families of the wounded and injured during their stay in Tampa Bay. Assistance from the public and business community is paramount to helping these families.