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Wounded Warrior Regiment
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Still in the Fight

Our Mission

The Wounded Warrior Regiment provides leadership and ensures compliance with laws and Department of Defense (DoD) regulations related to the support, recovery, and non-medical care of combat and non-combat wounded, ill, and injured (WII) Marines, Sailors attached to Marine units, and their family members in order to maximize their recovery as they return to duty or transition to civilian life.

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Still in the Fight

The Wounded Warrior Regiment provides leadership, support, and recovery for the ill and injured Marines, to maximize their recovery as they return to...


Your Recovery

Learn more about how the Wounded Warrior Regiment facilitates comprehensive recovery care to recovering service members.


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Learn about different programs to assist you in your recovery and the disability evaluation system process.


Your Benefits

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Your Transition

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Photo Information

The commemorative statue of 1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal being carried by Lance Cpl. Chris Marquez and Lance Cpl. Dan Shaffer, after taking heavy fire, stands outside of the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West headquarters building on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 1, 2018. WWBn-W is committed to the successful recovery and transition of each Marine and family assigned to its care, and focuses on the mind, body and spirit of every individual when addressing recovery needs. (U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Juan C. Bustos)

Photo by Cpl. Juan Bustos

A wounded warrior’s return to the fight

4 Apr 2019 | Pfc. Andrew Cortez Wounded Warrior Regiment

For any Marine sidelined by injury or illness, the first thought that comes to mind is when they can get back in the fight.

The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior program does just that for service members who need to focus on recovery. When a service member gets injured severely, they will go to the Wounded Warrior Battalion to recover when they are unable to rehabilitate and perform their job at the same time. Unfortunately for some, not everyone gets the opportunity to go back to the fleet. Some service members decide that they are going to get out of the Marine Corps after their recovery, and some try to recover and get back to their units.

“If a member comes in with the mentality that he or she is going to give all effort into recovery, and get through the tough situation they are in, the recovery will be a lot different,” said U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Anthony Naccarato, Company Commander, Wounded Warrior Battalion

Gunnery Sgt. Markendy Louis has been with the battalion and recovering from a stroke he suffered a year ago. Before Louis joined the battalion, he served as an administrator with 1st Radio Battalion. He said his job was straightforward and he enjoyed it. One morning Louis woke up to a day that would change his life forever.

“I saw the faces, I could see my wife’s face, my kids, but I could not talk,” said Louis. “All I could do was point and try to tell them it’s me.”

Once Louis had his stroke in March of 2018, his faith was strong that his voice would come back quickly. When three months passed without any sign of improvement, he became depressed and lost confidence. Doctors told him he would recover soon, but he didn’t believe them any longer. After a few weeks with the battalion, things started to change. When he heard what other Marines were going through, he knew they could relate to him, and that made a huge difference. It started to lift his spirit. On one occasion, the battalion took some patients to a graduation at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. Louis remembers that when he saw the ceremony, he knew he wanted to fight and keep the title he worked hard to achieve.

“Today, I am 80 percent recovered, Louis stated confidently. “They say it takes two years to recover fully, so I’m hoping I’ll be at 95 percent by then.”

Louis continues to work his recovery and reintegration back to the fleet. His goal is to continue his job and eventually retire when ready.

“Like they say Marines never quit…so you never quit.”