DETROIT -- The Red Wings hosted a group of 32 individuals, which included eight wounded soldiers, U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, on March 23, when the team faced Vancouver at Joe Louis Arena.
The eight soldiers are part of the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2), which is the official U.S. Army program that assists and advocates for severely wounded, ill, and injured soldiers, veterans and their families. All of the soldiers suffered an injury or illness incurred in the line of duty in support of Overseas Contingency Operations since 9/11.
AW2 is part of the Warrior Transition Command (WTC) — a major subordinate command under the U.S. Army Medical Command that provides oversight to the Army’s Warrior Care and Transition Program.
Sen. Levin is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate on behalf of our service men and women. Levin spearheaded the successful effort to pass the Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors Act, a historic reform to improve the way we provide medical care and ongoing support for our troops and our veterans, enacted in early 2008.