Wounded Warriors – Benefits
Access to quality care and valuable services does not end when wounded warriors leave a military treatment facility. In many ways, the help is just beginning. Military members who have combat injuries or are battling serious illness because of their service are eligible for a host of benefits. While Military OneSource does not provide health care services, it does offer non-medical counseling and information about health care services and benefits.
- Disability severance pay: You may be entitled to a disability severance pay, which is a one-time lump payment equaling two months of basic pay for each year of service which includes active service and inactive duty points. Find out more at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
- Social Security Disability: Service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security. Benefits through the Social Security Administration – such as the Social Security Disability Insurance Program and the Supplemental Security Income Program – are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. Visit administration’s Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors.
- Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program: This provides for payment up to $100,000 if you incur a qualifying loss as the result of a traumatic injury. Read about eligibility.
- Special Monthly Compensation: This an additional tax-free benefit that can be distributed to veterans, their spouses and parents to assist with special circumstances such as the need of aid or caregiving or because of a specific disability, such as the loss of a hand or leg.
- Federal Thrift Savings Plan: The Thrift Savings Plan is a government-sponsored retirement savings and investment plan that is similar to the benefits private corporations offer their employees under 401K plans.
- VA Home Loans: Veterans and family members are eligible for home loan guaranty benefits and other programs that assist with buying, building, repairing, retaining or adapting a home.
Health care benefits
- TRICARE home health benefits: You may be eligible to receive home health care benefits if you have TRICARE, the Department of Defense’s health care program for active-duty service members, retirees, eligible National Guard and reserve members and their families. Visit the TRICARE site to take full advantage of the benefits.
- Medicare and Medicaid programs: If you meet eligibility requirements for Medicare or Medicaid, coverage may be available for medical costs, transportation, respite care, home modifications and equipment expenses.
Military relief organizations
- Each service has a private, nonprofit organization that assists families in times of need.
- Assistance may include emergency transportation; help with medical bills, childcare expenses, food, rent, utilities and other household bills; vehicle repair; and family emergency assistance.
- For more information on relief societies, contact Army Emergency Relief, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society or the Air Force Aid Society.
Education and employment benefits
- Subsistence Allowance Rates: Some veterans participating in vocational rehabilitation and education programs may be eligible to receive an allowance while they pursue an educational or training program.
- If a veteran qualifies for the GI Bill, he or she may be eligible to receive the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate for subsistence.
- The VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program helps veterans with service-related disabilities to find and keep employment. The program helps veterans prepare for employment and provides counseling and independent living services for disabled veterans who are unable to work.
- The VA's VetSuccess On Campus Program helps veterans, service members and their dependents complete their education and prepares them to enter the workplace through on-campus benefits assistance and counseling.
Military OneSource wounded warrior specialty consultations
- Military OneSource provides specialty consultation services to help eligible wounded, ill or injured service members, veterans and their families get immediate assistance for issues related to health care, resources, facilities and benefits.
- Service members and veterans injured in accidents or battling serious illnesses are also eligible.
- Consultants are available to help with support for transportation needs, respite care, reporting problems with military facilities and getting additional support.
Military wounded warrior programs
Each service branch operates a wounded warrior program to help service members and their families with non-medical issues associated with transitioning back to duty or civilian life.
- U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition
- United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment
- Navy Safe Harbor Foundation
- Air Force Wounded Warrior Program
- The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Wounded, Ill, and/or Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook for Service Members of the Armed Forces provides military members and their support network with an extensive list of military support services and resources to assist through the complexities of recovery.
- USA Cares Warrior Treatment Today pays essential household bills while a wounded service member or veteran is attending residential treatment for a traumatic brain injury or PTSD.
- Project Valour-IT provides voice-controlled laptops and personal GPS systems to service members recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries including traumatic brain injury and PTSD.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, then press 1, or access online chat by texting to 838255.