I am currently deployed to Afghanistan and happen to tear my ACL while working. The doctors are sending me back to the states for surgery and recovery. As an National Guard member will I be sent to a post and receive surgery and rehab until completed or do they have another process for National Guard members?
Posted 3 y ago
They should keep you on active duty until you are healed to a place where they can return you to civilian life in the same shape they found you. Most likely you will have the procedure at the closest military installation to your home or the post you mobilized at. They should provide you with options.
If the post has a WTU they most likely will assign you to one, and you will stay on active duty orders until medical deems you healed and release you. Now back in 2008 when I worked at Ft. Hood's WTU we did move soldiers to a WTU closer to home if requested. We had a National Guard MSG who damaged a vertebrate in his neck. He deployed thru Ft. Hood, but was allowed to transfer to Ft. Knox since his home was in Ohio.
If you are deployed to the AO that is nearest to Germany, then you will probably head to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center first. They have the surgical capabilities. If you are sent to LRMC and have the surgery there, you will either do rehab there (possibly unlikely) or sent back to the States for rehab when you are stable for travel. And, depending on the length of rehab, you will either be sent back to theater when treatment is complete or you will stay stateside. Either way, your orders for Active Duty will stay in place until you are all done.
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