In March, injured service members transitioning out of the military will begin internship programs within the Department of Emergency Management and other partner agencies in a first-of-its-kind venture. The new Wounded Warrior Transition Project will be piloted in Pierce County with the intent of developing it for wounded soldiers nationwide.
Emergency Management is collaborating with Madigan Healthcare System, the Warrior Transition Battalion and the Puget Sound Federal Coordination Center to develop a pilot project for returning soldiers as they transition back into civilian life. This initiative will strengthen emergency response by providing strong resources to help local communities rebuild and strengthen neighborhoods and infrastructures.
Due to injury, a large percentage of these soldiers cannot remain in the military but they are still interested in supporting their country. Participation in Wounded Warrior Transition Project gives the warrior an opportunity to see what it is like to work for the government and exposes the warrior to different career paths. The project strives to place service members with government agency personnel who are interested in using the program as a bridge to local, state, or federal employment for veterans and disabled veterans.
The Wounded Warriors Transition Project commenced in mid-January with an initial meeting between the selected soldiers and staff from Emergency Management. The military participants were asked to fill out interest surveys after hearing about the variety of services that Emergency Management provides. Those surveys, along with resumes and interviews, were used to place the warriors with appropriate mentors.