The Road Ahead - The Essentials

For their commitment and service to their country, wounded warriors deserve the easiest possible transition from military to civilian life. Military OneSource provides wounded warriors with strategies to navigate the road ahead – connecting them with programs, services and other resources on their journey to recovery. Find the support you need to make the return to both work and home as smooth as possible. While Military OneSource does not provide health care services, it does offer information about health care resources and benefits.

Begin your recovery as a wounded warrior with these steps:

Make your home more accessible.

An accessible home allows an occupant with disabilities to do what you want and need to do, as independently as possible, and can ease your transition home. Both technical and financial assistance are available to make your home accessible. Check out the resources available for home modifications.

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Reenter the workforce.

Every injured service member can expect to have a different path back into work. The nature of your injuries, where you live, and your specific skillset, interests and experiences will guide your decision. Your first step is to determine what kind of job you want. Military OneSource offers ideas for you to consider as well as resources to help you find your first job after the military.

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Access support for the wounded warrior.

Caring for your emotional and mental health should be a top priority as you adjust to life as a wounded warrior. The military has specialized wounded warrior programs designed to help the severely ill and injured transition back to duty or civilian life. Each service branch has its own program. While the programs do not focus on medical issues, they do help service members and their medical teams develop a comprehensive recovery plan that addresses specific rehabilitation and recovery goals.

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Care for an injured service member.

As a caregiver, you are an important part of your loved one's recovery team. Educating yourself will empower you to ask health care providers targeted questions and help anticipate your loved one's needs. Military OneSource offers tools such as the “Keeping It All Together” notebook for organizing your wounded warrior's treatment and recovery. Check out all of our caregiver resources.

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Schedule a Wounded Warrior Consultation

It’s common to experience many different emotions when you or a loved one are recovering from a serious injury or illness. Military OneSource specialty consultations work closely with wounded warrior programs from each service branch. They can help you understand benefits, research independent living options and identify counseling and advocacy resources.