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Program at Redstone providing new brand of medical care for warriors in transitions

So many of our soldiers are wounded in training and in battle.

A new military initiative is changing the way injured soldiers are treated, using home as a factor.

Redstone Arsenal is helping in the recovery process.

When Capt. Matthew Curtis came home to Huntsville last week, he was welcomed by his family, friends and officers from Redstone Arsenal's 'Warrior Transition Unit.' Curtis will be stationed at Redstone while he recovers. It's the new way the Army treats injured soldiers.

"Now, there's an implied accountability that the hospital commander has for the soldiers that are now assigned to me. They were once just showing up for care, that creates a culture of attentiveness, so that's a huge difference,' said Col. Mark Smith at Fox Army Health Center. 

"I was in northern Iraq at base called Key West, we were doing a training exercise, I was a pretend hurt person and I got dropped across a metal bar, and I became the real hurt person and messed up my back. I can't wear all the gear so I couldn't stay with the other soldiers, and I had to come back and get care,' said Sgt. Ashley Hubbard.

Hubbard was three months into her third deployment when she was injured, she had to get home to Hartselle and to her girls, so she requested Redstone.

"Because my family is here and I'm a single mom, we decided it would be best and the Army approved for me to transfer here to be closer to family and get help," Hubbard said.

"I can take care of my kids, and heal and stay in the Army.' Hubbard will be able to do that with the assignment to Fox Army Health Center on Redstone. 

"The warrior is to get well, get healthy and to aggressively reach a pinpoint in your treatment and care so that can either be certified as fit for duty and return to the military, or be fully prepared for a great life outside the military," Fox said.

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