Health Services


Project CARE Comprehensive Aesthetic Recovery Effort

Project CARE (Comprehensive Aesthetic Recovery Effort) uses cutting-edge, state-of-the-art medical and surgical advancements to restore, as fully as possible, the appearance of those who have been traumatically injured in combat. The reconstructive aesthetic surgery and treatments are combined with emotional support for a comprehensive recovery solution.


To improve the appearance and function of the traumatically injured service member through aesthetic treatments and reconstructive surgery.

To provide patient education and supportive services such as psychology, psychiatry, and group counseling.

Services Offered:


  • Scar and wound revisions
  • Skin grafting
  • Major and minor reconstructive procedures for all areas of the body

Skin and wound care:

  • Laser treatments: to help treat skin discoloration, scarring, and traumatic tattoos
  • Dressings and garments
  • Topical skin care products

Supportive Services:

  • Patient care coordinators
  • Mental health: Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Support groups

The CARE Team:

Surgical Services: 

Plastic Surgery, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, ENT, Oral Surgery, Ophthalmology, and other surgical departments as indicated.

Medical and Support Services: 

Wound Care Center, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Case Managers, and other services as indicated.

Program Description:

Project CARE is a multi-disciplinary patient care initiative to restore function and appearance of injured soldiers, sailors, and Marines.

Project CARE is a crucial follow-on treatment program after the initial acute stabilizing and repair of a limb.

Each patient receives a complete medical, surgical, and social review from the Department of Plastic Surgery. An individualized and comprehensive treatment plan is developed. This may include surgery, non-surgical treatments, counseling and supportive services, or a combination of the above.

Often, many different surgical and medical subspecialties will play a role in each patient’s treatment plan.

Ultimately, our goal is to optimize function and improve appearance; in addition to providing patient education and maximal emotional support.

Eligible Patients:

All traumatically injured active duty service members are eligible. Injuries include:
  • Combat casualties
  • Training accidents
  • Non-combat trauma

To Enroll:

Please contact your primary care physician with a request to be seen by the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center , Bethesda, Maryland. Request enrollment in Project CARE. 

Contact Us


Monday thru Friday 0730 - 1600

Telephone Number(s)

Main:(301) 319-4226DSN:319-4226Pediatric/Craniofacial Unit:(301) 295-0217

Fax Number(s)

Fax: (301) 295-0226
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