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NW MIRECC NewsFlash | Warrior Care

NewsFlash | Warrior Care

US Armed Forces Color GuardWarrior Care - The mission is to proactively support wounded, ill, and injured Service members in their recovery and reintegration or transition to civilian life. Warrior Care honors the opportunity to provide assistance to spouses and dependents of veterans who honorably served in our Nation's armed forces. DoD and VA reaffirms its commitment that there is no higher priority than caring for the wounded, ill, and injured service members who have sacrificed so much. 

U.S. Army Recovery Care Program - Through the use of Soldier Recovery Units (SRUs), the U.S. Army Recovery Care Program manages the recovery of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers through a comprehensive program of medical care, rehabilitation, professional development, and achievement of personal goals. The program also provides resources and advocacy for families and caregivers of Soldiers recovering in the program.

U.S. Navy Wounded Warrior - The U.S. Navy’s sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and providing resources and support to their families. Recognized as the gold standard of care for the world-class support, Sailors and Coast Guardsman may self-refer to the U.S. Navy Wounded Warrior program or be referred by family members, command leadership or medical providers.

U.S. Marines Wounded Warrior Regiment - The Wounded Warrior Regiment provides leadership and ensures compliance with laws and Department of Defense (DoD) regulations related to the support, recovery, and non-medical care of combat and non-combat wounded, ill, and injured (WII) Marines, Sailors attached to Marine units, and their family members in order to maximize their recovery as they return to duty or transition to civilian life.

U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior - The United States Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) is a Congressionally-mandated and Federally-funded organization tasked with taking care of U.S. Air Force wounded, ill, and injured Airmen, U.S. Space Force Guardians, Veterans, and their families. AFW2 provides personalized restorative care throughout their transformation back to duty, separation, or retirement, staying in contact with them throughout the process as an Airman For Life.

USSOCOM Warrior Care Program - Providing non-medical advocacy and assistance to wounded, ill, and injured Special Operations Forces (SOF) service members and their families. The primary goal is to assist SOF wounded, ill, and injured in getting back to duty, operationally fit and mentally prepared. If the Wounded Warrior is not able to return to active duty, the Warrior Care program assists in the transition of the Wounded Warrior and his/her family to civilian life.

US Armed Forces SealsWounded, III, and/or Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook - Updated annually by the DoD in collaboration with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Department of Labor (DoL), U.S. Department of Education (ED), the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), and the U.S. Military Services. On active duty, most of your benefits come from the DoD. After you leave active duty, whether discharged or medically retired, you become eligible for a number of additional benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As summarized throughout the Compensation and Benefits Handbook, there are many programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and injured Service members, such as personalized recovery support, mental health care, legal assistance, DOD and VA disability processing, disability severance pay or disability retirement, Social Security Administration disability payments, VA Home Loan Guaranty and other VA benefits, tuition assistance, and more.

Hero Miles - The Fisher House Foundation proudly partners with the following major airlines in support of our wounded, injured, and ill service men and women and their families: Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, and United Airlines. Using frequent flyer miles, round trip airfare is purchased for;

 Wounded, injured, and ill service members on ordinary leave from the medical center to home or an authorized event
 Loved ones of wounded, injured, or ill service members to visit the authorized medical center
 Loved ones to attend the Dignified Transfer of Remains at Dover Air Force Base

Soldiers CrossLife doesn’t stop when a service member is injured or becomes ill. The Hero Miles program enables these heroes and their loved ones to try and balance hospital life and home life.

Fisher House - If you or someone you love is receiving care at a VA or military medical center, check the list of Current Houses to see if there is a Fisher House that can help. Criteria to stay is established locally by the hospital or installation command so please contact the location with any questions. There is never a charge to stay at a Fisher House.

Hotels for Heroes - There are times when a Fisher House is unavailable. The Hotels for Heroes program steps in when this happens and provides a hotel room for families eligible to stay in a Fisher House. Using donated hotel points, Fisher Foundation provides accommodations for:

 Service members with military authorization while receiving medical care but are not eligible for government-funded reimbursement
 Family or close friends of qualifying service members for visits while being treated at a medical center, but are not eligible for government-funded reimbursement
 Anyone eligible to stay in a Fisher House that is at full occupancy

If you believe you qualify for a hotel room, please contact your service member’s case worker or Fisher House manager at the location of treatment.

PTSDDefense Commissary Agency (DeCA) - Veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) documented service-connected disability rating became eligible for commissary shopping beginning January 1, 2020;

  • Veterans with any VA-documented service-connected disabilities;
  • Purple Heart recipients;
  • Former prisoners of war; and
  • Individuals assessed, approved and designated as primary family caregivers to eligible Veterans under VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

The DoD expanded commissary shopping privileges in the U.S. effective 1 January 2020 as part of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019. Obtain a Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) and ensure it reflects eligibility through one of the required designations: SERVICE CONNECTED, MEDAL OF HONOR, PURPLE HEART or FORMER POW. Contact the base you intend to visit beforehand and determine what their current policy is for base access.

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - The largest of the three administrations that comprise VA - continues to meet Veterans' changing medical, surgical and quality-of-life needs. The VA health care system has grown from 45 hospitals in 1930 to 1,298 health care facilities today, including 171 VA Medical Centers and 1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity. Veterans may be eligible to receive care from a community provider when VA cannot provide the care needed. VA provides health care for Veterans from providers in your local community outside of VA. This care is provided on behalf of and paid for by VA. New programs provide treatment for traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress, suicide prevention, women Veterans, homeless Veterans and more. VA has opened outpatient clinics, and established telemedicine and other services to accommodate a diverse Veteran population, and continues to cultivate ongoing medical research and innovation to improve the lives of America’s patriots.  

USO - Since 1941, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side. Today’s USO continuously adapts to the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families, so they can focus on their very important mission. USO centers operate at or near military installations across the United States and throughout the world, including in combat zones, and even un-staffed USO service sites in places too dangerous for anyone but combat troops to occupy.

Intrepid Spirit Center - Ground was broken for the Intrepid Spirit Center at Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, on October 29, 2015, and the center was officially dedicated on April 5, 2018. The Madigan Traumatic Brain Injury Program provides comprehensive health care, education and research across the continuum of care, ranging from the impact of trauma exposure to the effects of all grades/types of brain injury, while striving to address the impacts of co-occurring conditions. Eight centers are in operation with one under construction and another remaining to be built. Each Intrepid Spirit Center is approximately 25,000 square feet and costs about $14 million to build and equip.

Vet Centers - Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional counseling to eligible Veterans, service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. Counseling is offered to make a successful transition from military to civilian life or after a traumatic event experienced in the military. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling is offered in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services. Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief and transition after trauma. 1-877-927-8387 is a free, around the clock confidential call center where Veterans, service members and their families can talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in transitioning after military service or trauma and get connected to their nearest Vet Center. Our call center team is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as family members of Veterans.

National Resource Directory - The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a resource website that connects wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them. The NRD is hosted, managed, maintained, sustained and developed by the Defense Health Agency's Recovery Coordination Program. It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics that supply an abundance of vetted resources. The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. Information contained within the NRD is from federal, state and local government agencies; Veteran and military service organizations; non-profit and community-based organizations; academic institutions and professional associations that provide assistance to wounded warriors and their families.

Use of these Materials and Finding VA Health Care

Please note that the health care information provided in these materials is for educational purposes only. It does not replace the role of a medical practitioner for advice on care and treatment. If you are looking for professional medical care, find your local VA healthcare center by using the VA Facilities Locator & Directory. This page may contain links that will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

The mission of VA VISN 20 MIRECC is to improve the quality of life and function of Veterans by developing, evaluating and promoting the implementation of effective treatments for military PTSD and its complex comorbidities. These PTSD comorbidities include the behavioral consequences of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), substance use disorders, chronic pain, and dementia. The VA VISN 20 Northwest Health Network consists of four states across three time zones; Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. The primary research center located in VA Puget Sound Health Care System is affiliated with the University of Washington. VA Puget Sound serves Veterans from a five-state area in the Pacific Northwest with two main divisions: American Lake and Seattle. In Washington, there are VA clinics also located in Bellevue, Bremerton, Edmunds, Everett, Federal Way, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Port Angeles, Puyallup, Renton, Silverdale, and Seattle. The research center located at VA Portland Heath Care System is affiliated with the Oregon Health and Science University. VA Portland serves Veterans from Oregon and Southwest Washington with two main divisions: Portland and Vancouver. In Oregon, there are VA clinics also located in Bend, Fairview, Hillsboro, Newport, Lincoln City, Portland, Salem, The Dalles, Warrenton, and West Linn.

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VA Vet Center Logo Vet Centers in the VISN 20 Health Care Network are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active-duty Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Space Force service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. 1-877-927-8387 is a free, around the clock confidential call center where Veterans, service members and their families can talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in transitioning after military service or trauma and get connected to their nearest Vet Center.

Veterans Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-8255 - If you are having a medical or mental health emergency, dial 911. If you are having thoughts of suicide, dial 988, then press 1 at the prompt to reach the Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans Crisis "988" - The Military Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource for all service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and Veterans, even if they’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care. Call 988 then Press 1 If you are a Veteran, service member, or any person concerned about one who is hard of hearing, you can connect with professional, caring VA responders through online chat and text message (838255). 

In Europe
Call 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118

In Korea
Call 080-855-5118 or DSN 118

In Afghanistan
Call 00 1 800 273 8255 or DSN 111

In the Philippines
Call #MYVA or 02-8550-3888 and press 7

A Veteran overseas may contact the Veterans Crisis Line via the chat modality at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat. If the Veteran prefers a phone call, they can request this within the chat venue. For TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255. Are you looking for clinical care or counseling? Assistance with benefits? No matter what you’re experiencing, we’re here to connect you with resources and support systems to help. The Veterans Crisis Line is free and confidential. When you call, chat, or text, a qualified responder will listen and help. You decide how much information to share. Support doesn't end with your conversation. Our responders can connect you with the resources you need.

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