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Wounded Warrior

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Background

Wounded, ill and injured service members, as well as their family members and caregivers deserve the highest quality care and support. The DoD and additional agencies and resources work together to provide important resources and services. Each of the individual branches of service operate a wounded warrior program to assist service members and their families with non-medical issues associated with the transition back to duty or to civilian life. The wounded warrior programs work with the service member and his or her medical team to develop a comprehensive recovery plan that addresses specific recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration goals.

Key Points

Each service offers its own program designed for wounded warriors:

  • Army Wounded Warrior http://wtc.army.mil/aw2/index.html
    The Army Wounded Warrior program provides personalized recovery services for severely injured soldiers throughout their lifetimes, wherever they are located. The Army Wounded Warrior program educates soldiers on their options to remain in the Army and the application process if they choose to do so. It also provides assistance with defining future career plans beyond the Army, obtaining Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, obtaining health care for soldiers and their families after retiring from the Army, financial counseling and ensuring that severely injured soldiers receive all of the awards they have earned.
  • Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment http://www.woundedwarriorregiment.org/
    The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment provides and facilitates assistance to wounded, injured or ill Marines or sailors, attached to or in support of Marine units and their family members throughout the phases of recovery. Depending on the geographic location of the wounded, injured or ill service member, services within the Wounded Warrior Regiment are provided through the Wounded Warrior Battalion East or the Wounded Warrior Battalion West.
  • Navy Safe Harbor http://www.woundedwarriorregiment.org/
    The Navy Safe Harbor program provides personalized support and assistance to injured sailors and their families by providing educational information on injuries, assistance with home accommodations, transportation accommodations, workplace accommodations, education and job training, personal and family counseling, childcare information and information and assistance for financial and benefit issues. http://safeharbor.navylive.dodlive.mil/.
  • Air Force Wounded Warrior http://www.woundedwarrior.af.mil/
    The Air Force Wounded Warrior program provides support for airmen who have a combat or hostile-related injury or illness requiring long-term care. The program works hand-in-hand with the Air Force Survivor Assistance Program and Airman and Family Readiness Centers to ensure airmen receive professional support and care from the point of injury to no less than five years after separation or retirement.
  • Military OneSource http://www.militaryonesource.mil/
    Military OneSource provides wounded warrior specialty consultation services. Through this service, callers can access immediate assistance for wounded warriors and their families with issues related to financial resources, education, training, Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and other entitlements, home accommodations, transportation accommodations, workplace accommodations and relationships. The specialty consultants work collaboratively with the services' wounded warrior programs and the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure callers are promptly connected to resources that can help address their needs. Consultants can be reached through the website or by telephone at 800-342-9647.
  • National Resource Directory http://www.nrd.gov/
    The National Resource Directory assists wounded warriors, veterans and their families or caregivers with information on benefits and compensation, education and training, employment, housing and many additional services and resources.

Eligibility

The military is committed to assisting all wounded, ill and injured service members. Eligibility requirements for specific programs are available on their websites.

Availability

Military OneSource consultants are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-342-9647.

 

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Promoting Specialty Consultations Specific to Wounded Warriors: Confidential Help for Wounded Warriors and Families The military gives every service member the opportunity to enter with virtually no skills and leave with an array of skills needed in the civilian job market. Some job-related skills are easily converted to civilian terms — military police become law enforcement officers, for example. Other skills, such as leadership and discipline, are also highly prized by civilian companies. Your military career will give you the chance to explore job opportunities and develop your own personal skill set. Knowing what skills to pursue and then developing them will help guide your career decisions while you're in the military.


Wounded warrior on basketball court The military's wounded warrior programs provide assistance and advocacy for severely wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. These programs assist service members and their families as they return to duty or transition to civilian life.

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