One of the things that wounded Soldiers have to deal with after and through recovery is figuring out how to tailor their clothing to fit them comfortably when they’ve lost an extremity. But now, Wounded Soldiers can now have their uniforms uniquely modified to address their needs. Walter Reed and Brooke Army Medical Centers are the first facilities to implement this program; Soldiers who receive treatment at other medical facilities can take advantage of the program through their local AAFES stores.
Several groups, including the non-profit organization “Sew Much Comfort,” AAFES, the Walter Reed Warrior Transition Brigade and the Walter Reed Garrison Clothing Issue Point, helped in the program’s development.
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 4, 2008) — The Army recently began a new program that offers uniform modifications - at no cost to wounded Soldiers - through the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.
The Wounded Warrior Clothing Support Program officially began in May 2008 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for Soldiers who have been injured in combat.
Wounded Soldiers can have their uniforms uniquely modified according to their injuries. This program not only makes the lives of injured Soldiers easier, officials said, but serves to restore a sense of pride and dignity they rightfully deserve when wearing their uniform.
“This program is great because it takes care of our Soldiers,” said Maj. Gen. Vincent Boles, assistant deputy chief of staff, Army G-4. “The team of individuals responsible for bringing this program to life saw a need and made it happen. Now our wounded warriors can wear their uniforms with pride, dignity and comfort.”
Walter Reed and Brooke Army Medical Centers were chosen to be the first facilities to implement this program because they care for a large percentage of Soldiers injured in combat, officials said. Soldiers who receive treatment at other medical facilities can take advantage of the program through their local AAFES stores.One of the more common uniform modifications includes adding zippers to the seams of trousers and coat sleeves, giving a Soldier access to a prosthetic. Other modifications might include elastic blousing or Velcro closures on the bottom of trouser legs....
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