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DoD Compensation and Benefits Handbook for Wounded, Ill, and Injured Members of the Armed Forces This Handbook is a quick reference guide for wounded, ill and injured service members and their loved ones during rehabilitation to reintegration. This Handbook was designed to answer questions in the order in which they are most likely to arise as well as provides hyperlinks to the necessary resource sites, answering most of the immediate questions and recommends resources to answer the rest.

AfterDeployment.org  AfterDeployment.org (AD), developed by DoD and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is a behavioral health Web portal focused on post-deployment health problems. AD's intended outreach includes active duty service members, veterans, and their families. The site has particular advantages for National Guard and Reserve units, who may not be located near a Military Treatment Facility or who are otherwise located in areas lacking providers who are knowledgeable about military-related adjustment concerns. AD's twelve programs focus on: Adjusting to War Memories; Dealing with Depression; Handling Stress; Improving Relationships; Succeeding at Work; Overcoming Anger; Sleeping Better; Controlling Alcohol and Drugs; Helping Kids Deal with Deployment; Seeking Spiritual Fitness; Living with Physical Injuries; and Balancing Your Life. Self-assessments provide immediate tailored feedback and recommendations.

American Red Cross (ARC)  ARC provides services to military families including emergency messages to deployed service members. They also provide access to financial assistance, counseling, and assistance to veterans.

Department of Labor (DoL) Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Information The DoL's USERRA information website provides readers with the entire USERRA law as well as additional resources to include the "elaws Advisor," specific questions and answers, and fact sheets.

Department of Labor (DoL) Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)  VETS provides veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services to succeed in the civilian workforce by maximizing their employment opportunities and protecting their employment rights.  The website includes information about veterans' preference, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and licensing and credentialing requirements.

Deployment Guide  This guide is intended to help service members and their families prepare for deployment, serve as a resource during the deployment, and help navigate the challenges of a service member's return and reintegration after the deployment.  Information presented in the guide applies to deploying service members of all branches and services and their families.  The guide is not intended to be printed in its entirety but to be used as an interactive resource.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)  The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act provides reemployment protection and other benefits for veterans and employees who perform military service. ESGR was established to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in resolving conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.

Force Health Protection and Readiness  The DoD's Deployment Health Support site fosters actions designed to protect the health of all those involved in deployment to include service members and their families.

Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP)   In 2008, the Department of Defense (DoD) Military Community & Family Policy (MC&FP) launched the Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP) in response to a congressional mandate to provide mobile family support and services to non-installation-based families facing the same deployment-related challenges as installation-based families, but whose access to support is more challenging due to geographic dispersion.

Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC)  MFLCs are Masters or PhD level, licensed, and credentialed clinical providers that offer intervention and support to military members and their families. Like Military OneSource, they provide non-medical, short-term counseling for every day issues, such as anger management, stress, parenting, communication, family relationships, deployment, and other military-related topics.  The goal of the program is to support operational readiness and family readiness.  Situations requiring mental health treatment are referred to behavioral health agencies that treat these conditions.  Active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, DoD civilian personnel designated as Civilian Expeditionary Workforce members and their families are eligible to receive counseling services from Military OneSource and MFLCs.

MFLCs can be accessed through installation locations such as the Army Community Services (ACS), Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS), Navy Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC), and the Airman and Family Readiness Centers (A&FRC). MFLCs will also provide support at National Guard and Reserve Component drill weekends, mobilizations, and family events.  For information about Child and Youth Behavioral (CYB) MFLCs, contact the installation Family Center, Child Development Center, or school liaison officer.

MilitaryINSTALLATIONS This resource, provides contact information for programs and services, maps and directions, links to comprehensive location overviews, and community points of interest for military installations worldwide. Contact information for installation family centers can be found under the program/service titled "Family Center."

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  This is a link for military members and professionals working with military members who are returning from combat and war zones. The website offers a section specifically for mental health care providers. Within this section are fact sheets, links to recent research studies, and detailed information about the assessment and treatment of PTSD.

National Guard Online Community Through this website, visitors can access state-specific online communities for the National Guard. It is divided into sections focused on different target audiences including family members, youth, Service members, and staff.

National Military Family Association The National Military Family Association is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening and protecting the families of the men and women currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen. It provides families of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA with information, works to get them the benefits they deserve, and offers programs that improve their lives.

The Navy Reserve Homeport  This comprehensive website features Navy Reserve resources such as the Ready Now Strategic Plan, family readiness information, voting assistance, and information on the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Psychological and Emotional Well-Being  This resource management program for service members and families provides a comprehensive behavioral health screening. It eventually connects service members to the service provider most able to meet their needs, taking into consideration the behavioral health screening and other factors like location.

Operation Homefront Operation Homefront is a charity operating under a Memorandum of Understanding with the DoD that provides emergency assistance and morale to service members, the families they leave behind, and to wounded warriors when they return from deployment.  Operation Homefront targets younger families of deployed service members and offers service such as food assistance, financial assistance, moving assistance, and much more.

 

Operation READY Operation READY (Resources for Educating about Deployment and You) is a training and information resource offered by the Army that provides videos, training modules, and other information based on lessons learned from previous deployments.

 

TRICARE Benefits  TRICARE is the healthcare insurance benefit provider for service members and family members. Many professionals across the United States provide counseling for service members and their families through TRICARE.  The TRICARE  website can help service members and families connect to providers and find information on a number of health topics.  On the TRICARE Beneficiaries page of the website, under the "Mental Health & Behavior" tab, service and family members can find explanations of the types of mental health providers and mental health treatment options available to them. This website can also be used to locate the nearest Military Treatment Facility or an appropriate civilian healthcare provider.

 

United Services Organizations (USO)  The USO is a private, nonprofit organization that supports service members and their families by providing morale, welfare, and recreation-type services.  For family members of injured service members, the USO can assist in arranging transportation and finding low-cost lodging.  The USO has established local support groups for family members of deployed service members.

 

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Operation Uplink The VFW's Operation Uplink provides two designated Free Call Days each month when deployed service members can make free calls from their Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) center.

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program  National Guard and Reserve Component service members face challenges that are inherently different from their counterparts in the active component in terms of readjusting to civilian life and returning to families, hometowns, and civilian employment.  The FY08 National Defense Authorization Act, Section 582 requires the Secretary of Defense to establish a national combat veteran reintegration program, known as the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, to administer and coordinate all reintegration programs for the National Guard and Reserve Components.  The national-level program is based on the Minnesota National Guard's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program.  Read the latest program newsletter.


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Young girl writing in a classroom The compact is an agreement among participating states to alleviate many of the school transition problems military families encounter. As a military parent, you need to be aware of the school transition issues the compact addresses to ensure your child benefits from educational opportunities.

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