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The Road Ahead – The Essentials
For their commitment and service to their country, wounded warriors deserve the easiest possible transition back to military or civilian life. Military OneSource provides wounded warriors, their caregivers and families with resources to help them navigate the road ahead — connecting them with programs, services and other information for their journey to recovery. Use the following information and resources to help you find the support you need to make the return to home and work as smooth as possible.
Wounded warrior support programs
Connecting with a support community is a critical part of your recovery journey. The military has specialized wounded warrior programs designed to help wounded, ill and injured service members 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.
Learn more about Wounded Warrior Programs and use the following links to find your service branch program.
- Army Recovery Care Program
- Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment
- Navy Wounded Warrior Program
- Air Force Wounded Warrior Program
- Special Operations Command Warrior Care Program
Wounded warrior specialty consultations
Military OneSource wounded warrior specialty consultants work closely with wounded warrior programs from each service branch. Consultants can help service members and their caregivers understand benefits, research independent living options, identify counseling and advocacy resources and more. Learn about Wounded Warrior Specialty Consultations: Healthcare, Benefits and More.
Wounded warrior resources and benefits
The following Military OneSource web pages provide information and links to a wide variety of benefits and resources available to wounded warriors.
Visit Wounded Warriors — Benefits for information about disability, financial, healthcare, education and employment benefits. Access links to disability severance pay, Social Security disability, Veterans Administration employment and education benefits, military relief organizations and more.
Visit Wounded Warrior — Resources for information about emotional health and caregiver support resources. Find links to community organizations, mobility resources, computer/electronic accommodations, the National Resource Directory and more.
Every injured service member can expect to have a different path back to work. The nature of your injuries, where you live, and your specific skillset, interests and experiences will guide your decision. Whether you plan to return to military service or transition to civilian life, Military OneSource offers a variety of resources to help you decide your next steps. From skill and interest assessments to assistance with resume writing, job fair opportunities, education resources and more, Military OneSource can help you make a smooth, successful transition back to work.
- Employment — The Essentials
- Credentialing Your Military Experience
- Employment Resources and Services
- What Service Members Need to Know About Employment
- The Road Ahead at Home and Work
- Understanding the Americans With Disabilities Act
- VA Education Benefit Programs
- Hiring Our Heroes
- DAV Job Fairs
- American Legion Job Fairs
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Home modification resources
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. Visit the following articles for more information:
- Home Modification Resources for Wounded Warriors
- Make a Home Accessible With Department of Veterans Affairs Programs
Health and wellness resources
Taking care of your emotional and physical health is another key component of any recovery program. Learn more about the transformative power of adaptive sports programs, and check out these other health and wellness resources available from Military OneSource:
- Health and Wellness Coaching Consultation
- Recommended Wellness Apps
- Military OneSource Virtual Resources for Well-being
Caregivers and families resources
Caregivers and families are a critical part of a wounded warrior’s recovery team. If you are the primary caregiver, educating yourself will empower you to ask healthcare providers targeted questions and help anticipate your loved one’s needs. Military OneSource offers tools such as the Keeping It All Together downloadable notebook for organizing your wounded warrior’s treatment and recovery, as well as a variety of other helpful information and resources.
In addition to education, another important part of taking care of your loved one is to make sure you are also taking care of yourself. Recovery from serious injury or illness can be a challenge for everyone involved. If you’re not at your best mentally, physically and emotionally, you may not be able to give your loved one the care and support they need. Use the following resources to help you navigate the stress and challenges of being a caregiver.
- Becoming a Caregiver for a Wounded, Ill or Injured Service Member
- How to Deal With Stress as a Caregiver
- Taking Care of Yourself During Times of Stress and Grief
- Take Command of Your Well-being With a Health and Wellness Coach
- Recommended Wellness Apps
- Relationship Support for Military Couples
- Caregivers — Benefits
- Caregivers — Resources
- The Military and Family Life Counseling Program
- Caregiver Resource Directory
- Sesame Street for Military Families: Injuries and Long-term Caregiving (videos)
- Sesame Street for Military Families: Injuries: Rehabilitation (videos)
- Virtual PEER Forums
- Financial Counseling
Still have questions or need help finding resources? Military OneSource consultants are available 24/7/365 anywhere in the world to help connect you with the support you need to thrive. Call 800-342-9646, use international calling options or schedule a live chat today.