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Wounded, Ill or Injured, & Their Caregivers – Benefits

Access to quality care and valuable services does not end when wounded, ill or injured service members 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.

Military OneSource wounded warrior specialty consultations

Military OneSource provides specialty consultation services to help eligible wounded, ill or injured service members, veterans, their families and caregivers get immediate assistance for issues related to health care, resources, facilities and benefits. Consultants are available to help with support for transportation needs, respite care, reporting problems with military facilities and getting additional support. Learn more about wounded warrior specialty consultations.

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. 

Disability benefits

  • Disability severance pay: You may be entitled to 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 the 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 TSGLI eligibility.
  • Special Monthly Compensation: This is an additional tax-free benefit that can be distributed to veterans, their spouses and parents to assist with special circumstances, such as the need for aid or caregiving or because of a specific disability, such as the loss of a hand or leg.

Financial benefits

  • Federal Thrift Savings Plan: The TSP 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.
  • Military OneSource offers financial counseling in person, by phone or via video chat. If you live on or near your military installation, you can reach out to the installation Personal Financial Management Program, which offers workshops and classes in addition to individual financial counseling. 

Health care benefits

  • TRICARE home health benefits: Care for wounded warriors depends on your current military status. Visit the TRICARE site to discover what’s available to you.
  • 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.

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 rate for subsistence. 
  • The VA’s Vocational Readiness and Employment Program helps veterans with service-related disabilities 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. 
  • The Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program is an outcome-based program that bolsters opportunities, services and training for transitioning service members in their preparation to meet post-military goals. 

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, child care 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.

Semper Fi Fund 

The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured service members and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities. 

Military Heroes Fund Emergency Financial Assistance 

The Military Heroes Fund, an initiative of the PenFed Foundation, provides wounded veterans, military families and caregivers with financial assistance and support that cannot be supported by government agencies. The MHF has two components: 

  • Emergency Financial Assistance for Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom wounded warriors and their families facing short-term financial difficulties. 
  • Family and Caregiver Transition Support including child care support for families of wounded OIF/OEF veterans while receiving outpatient care; short-term training or education expenses for job certification, licensure requirements and course materials; and in-home health care for injured veterans to support caregiver respite needs. 
  • The 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 TBI and PTSD. 

Mobility assistance 

Sometimes a major injury or illness can affect mobility. If you or your loved one are facing new physical challenges, be sure to check out these resources: 

Assistive devices 

Caregiver benefits  

Caregivers of wounded warriors can get additional support from Military OneSource beyond specialty consultations including: Personalized Experiences, Engagement and Resources — or PEER — forums, as well as webinars, caregiver-related events and specialized resources. 

Still have questions or need help locating resources? Military OneSource consultants are available 24/7/365 to connect you with the resources you need to live your best MilLife. Call 800-342-9647, use international calling options, or schedule a live chat 

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