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MilitaryOfficer Magazine

Wounded Warriors

When troops are wounded, quick action by medical personnel saves lives. Injured servicemembers then make the journey home, where, with allies in the military medical system, they must fight an ongoing battle for their own independence. 
By Ellen N. Woods

On Aug. 7, 2003, his first day off in a month, Army Cpl. Robert “B.J.” Jackson headed into Baghdad’s commercial district with four other soldiers. The then-22-year-old had been in Iraq for four months with the Iowa National Guard. The Humvee he was in hit a land mine under Jackson’s driver’s seat. Almost immediately, a rocket propelled grenade (RPG)...Continue


2006 Pittsburg Post

Veterans program to honor wounded warriors founder

Monday, October 02, 2006

By Benjamin Schulz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania will honor returning soldiers at the 17th annual Partners in Leadership Gala on Thursday at the CarnegieMusic Hall, Oakland. Former Steelers running back Rocky Bleier is serving as honorary chairman and will address the audience about the VLP's work.

The program's President's Award will be presented to Lt. Col. Tim Maxwell, 41....Continue

 2006 Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Tradition of Strong Marines Carries On

By:   LCpl. Thomas J. Hermesman

MCB   CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb 1)   -- Sywnayk’s Scarlet and Gold Traditions is not only a gathering place for Marines active and retired alike to congregate and socialize, but it is also a one of a kind museum full of Marine Corps and Navy memorabilia.

To go along with the museum and all of its history, once again a historic award presentation has taken place at Sywanyk’s Friday. The C.A. ‘‘Mack” McKinney award is presented to those in the military and civilian community who have demonstrated professionalism, dedication and service to our country and its military. This award is not only reserved for only military members; it is awarded to the civilian community as well. Civilians who receive the award will have demonstrated a strong support for our military community and their ....  Continue

2009 Leatherneck Magazine

Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment

CWO-4 Randy Gaddo, USMC (Ret)

Today’s Marine and associated Navy wounded warriors have unprecedented long-term care and support through the Wounded Warrior Regiment (WWR), but there was a time not so long ago when it was just the vision of a small group of Marines.

Genesis of the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior RegimentGenesis of the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment

Until 2007, wounded warrior care was not provided in a unified and standardized way. The concept of a WWR 

resulted from the increased number of wounded military personnel and the severity of their wounds emerging from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Although it took a team to put it all together, the idea emanated from retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Tim Maxwell, who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2004 from a penetrating head wound sustained during his ... Continue


2009 Washington Post

Retiring Marine Pushed Establishing Support for Recuperating Troops

By Steve Vogel

Washington Post Staff Writer 
Monday, June 29, 2009

Back from Iraq, recuperating from a severe head wound, Lt. Col. Tim Maxwell visited other recovering Marines and began asking himself a question: ....Continue



A Noble Idea in Need of Rehab

By Lieutenant Colonel Glen Butler, U.S. Marine Corps

The wide range of wounded, ill, and injured service members eligible for and currently receiving special care tends to obscure the weighty image generally conjured by the term "wounded warrior."

The Wounded Warrior Regiment (WWR), the Marine Corps' embodiment of "Marines take care of their own," officially stood up at Quantico, Virginia, in April 2007. Today, it includes the Wounded Warrior Battalion-East (WWBN-E) at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and Wounded Warrior Battalion-West (WWBN-W) at Camp Pendleton, California. The West battalion has detachments....Continue



July 2, 2009 – U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Timothy Maxwell stood stoicly silent as the crowd at his retirement ceremony rose to their feet and applauded. For those who knew of his incredible journey, they can’t help but let their emotions flow.

Lt. Col. Timothy Maxwell, a founder of the Wounded Warrior Regiment,...

Maxwell, one of the founders of the Wounded Warrior Regiment, retired after 22 years of dedicated service on June 26 in a ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps here.

Maxwell deployed six times and on his final deployment, in Iraq, he suffered a severe traumatic brain injury during an Oct. 7, 2004, mortar attack on the forward operating base where he was stationed. Shrapnel tore though the left side of his brain.

While recuperating, Maxwell discovered that his recovery was made easier when he was around other wounded warriors. He began advocating for wounded warriors and their families and worked diligently to establish the Wounded Warrior........Continue



More than two million American veterans have served in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

Many came home wounded, most came back changed, thousands have committed suicide.

Who is trying to help them? At a small farm in Tennessee, marines are taking care of one nother.


Alan Beaty navigated a rutted road, once again a man on a mission. His eyes tracked grimly side to side, 

scanning for irregularities along this dusty and familiar route in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. Gravel ricocheted off the undercarriage of his battered red Honda CR-V, the springs squeaked and complained. The half-assed mini-crossover van is a remnant of his former life, when he was a postmaster and a husband, a full-time father; he'd found it parked outside his empty house upon his return....Continue




Wounded Warrior Program Founded by Col. With TBI

By Richard Sisk

Camp Lejeune, N.C. -- A plaque here hangs on the wall at the Wounded Warrior complex dedicated by Gen. James Amos, the Marine Commandant, to the self-described "mean S.O.B." who overcame his own traumatic brain injury to start the program.

The tribute to retired Col. Tim Maxwell read in part that he "led the way for the entire Marine Corps in the uncharted waters of integrating wounded Marines back into operational units."

Maxwell said the idea for the Wounded Warrior program came from a job Amos gave him in the summer of 2005 as he recovered from his own devastating injuries.  Amos, then commander of the II Marine Expeditionary....Continue