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Wounded Warrior Abbreviations and Acronyms
The military often uses abbreviations and acronyms as shorthand for longer terms. If a service member you care about is recovering from a wound, injury or illness and you’re involved in the recovery, you are likely to encounter many of the following abbreviations and acronyms.
Terms related to injuries and treatment
- medevac: medical evacuation (often by helicopter)
- MTF, MMTF: military treatment facility or military medical treatment facility, for example:
- LRMC: Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (Landstuhl, Germany)
- NMCSD: Naval Medical Center San Diego (San Diego, California)
- BAMC: Brooke Army Medical Center (Fort Sam Huston, San Antonio, Texas)
- WRNMMC: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, Maryland)
- OT: Occupational Therapy
- PT: Physical Therapy
- SI: seriously injured; NSI: not seriously injured; VSI: very seriously injured
- SPECAT: special category (of injury)
- WIA: wounded in action
- COS: combat/operational stress
- PTSD: post-traumatic stress disorder
- SCI: spinal cord injury
- TBI: traumatic brain injury
- AW2: Army Recovery Care Program
- WWR: Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment
- AFW2: Air Force Wounded Warrior Program
- USSOCOM WCP: Special Operations Command Warrior Care Program (Care Coalition)
Terms related to medical review boards
- COAD: continuation on active duty
- COAR: continuing on active reserve
- EPTE: existed prior to entry
- HAO: home awaiting orders
- IDES: Integrated Disability Evaluation System
- LIMDU: limited duty
- MEB: Medical Evaluation Board
- MOS: military occupational specialty
- PEB: Physical Evaluation Board
- PEBLO: Physical Evaluation Board liaison officer
- PDRL: Permanent Disability Retirement List
- PLD: permanent limited duty
- TDRL: Temporary Disability Retirement List
- VASRD: Veterans Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities
- CAC: casualty assistance center
- CAO, CACO, CNO: casualty assistance officer; casualty assistance call officer; casualty notification officer
- CDR: commander
- CONUS: continental United States; OCONUS: outside the continental United States
- CRP: comprehensive recovery plan
- DFAS: Defense Finance Accounting Service
- DOD: Defense Department
- FRG: Family Readiness Group
- FMLA: Family and Medical Leave Act
- ITO: invitational travel order
- MLO: Marine liaison office
- NMA: non-medical attendant
- NOK: next of kin; PNOK: primary next of kin; SNOK: secondary next of kin
- OEF: Operation Enduring Freedom
- OIF: Operation Iraqi Freedom
- OND: Operation New Dawn
- RCC: recovery care coordinator
- SSN: Social Security number
- TSGLI: Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
- VA: Department of Veterans Affairs
- VBA: Veterans Benefits Administration
- VSO: veterans service officer
Of course, just understanding what abbreviations and acronyms mean won’t address all your questions and concerns. Non-medical support and specialty consultations through Military OneSource can help connect you with services and information about programs. Call 800-342-9647, use OCONUS dialing options or schedule a live chat.
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