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NewsFlash | Warrior Care

NewsFlash | Warrior Care

United States Armed Forces Joint 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. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (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. DoD, Military Services, VA, and collaborating organizations mark Warrior Care Month in November by highlighting the strength and resilience – physically, mentally, and spiritually – of our wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families and caregivers. The effort is aimed at raising awareness of the recovery coordination resources and programs available today and inspiring year-round discussions regarding today’s warrior care priorities.

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. Eligibility for Navy Wounded Warrior is not limited to Sailors and Coast Guardsmen with combat-related wounds or injuries. 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. Through proactive leadership, the program provides individually-tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of the wounded warriors’ recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities.

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.

United States Navy Leap Frog with American Flag above the USS Midway CV-41 Museum in San Diego CaliforniaUSSOCOM 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.

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) - WWP began in 2003 as a small, grassroots effort providing simple care and comfort items to the hospital bedsides of the first wounded service members returning home from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As their post-service needs evolved, so have our programs and services. Today, through our direct programs in mental health, career counseling, and long-term rehabilitative care, along with our advocacy efforts, we improve the lives of millions of warriors and their families.

Veteran Check-In - Veterans and service members experiencing difficulties in daily life or in distress can reach out to Check-In and trust that an advocate will find a licensed professional who can help. Connecting veterans with the support and services they need to live happier, healthier, more successful lives-and to make sure veterans are treated like people, not case numbers, every step of the care journey.

Wounded, 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). 

U.S. Marine Cpl. Jorge Salazar, assigned to the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West of Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California, walks toward an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Blackjacks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21. The Defense Health Agency recently welcomed the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence to lead the advancement of extremity trauma-related research and clinical practice innovations. (Photo: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin W. Galvin)Education and Employment Initiatives (E2I) and Operation War Fighter (OWF) - E2I is available to all wounded, ill, and injured Service members in all branches of the military Services, as well as all components of those Services – Active, Guard and Reserve. Operation Warfighter (OWF) is a Department of Defense internship program that matches qualified wounded, ill and injured Service members with non-funded federal internships in order for them to gain valuable work experience during their recovery and rehabilitation. If you are a wounded, ill, or injured Service member looking for an opportunity like this or are a Transition Coordinator and know of a wounded, ill or injured Service member who would benefit from E2I, please contact us at E2I.OSD@mail.mil.

Returning Veterans Project (RVP) - VA aims to provide mental health care and other services to all Veterans, regardless of their location or circumstances, but not all Veterans are enrolled with VA. To reach them, VA often works with community service providers, who have boots-on-the-ground contact with this population. RVP supports the healing and health of our veterans and military communities by connecting post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their military families with free, confidential mental and physical health services.

VA extends presumptive period for Gulf War Veterans - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has extended the presumptive period to Dec. 31, 2026 for qualifying chronic disabilities rated 10% or more resulting from undiagnosed illnesses in Gulf War Veterans. Gulf War operational names included Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Sabre, and Operation Southern Watch. In addition, various phases of each operation may have a unique operational name.

VA's Gulf War Registry Health Exam alerts Veterans to possible long-term health problems that may be related to environmental exposures during military service. The Gulf War Registry health exam is separate from VA disability benefits for a presumptive disability or other service-connected conditions. For VA benefit purposes, Gulf War service is active military duty in any of the following areas in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations at any time August 2, 1990 to present.

  • United States Navy Color Guard marching during the Desert Storm National Victory Celebration ParadeIraq
  • Kuwait
  • Saudi Arabia
  • The neutral zone between Iraq and Saudi Arabia
  • Bahrain
  • Qatar
  • The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)
  • Oman
  • Gulf of Aden
  • Gulf of Oman
  • Waters of the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea
  • The airspace above these locations 

Gulf War Veterans may still seek to establish service connection individually for other, "non-presumptive" diseases and illnesses related to service in the Gulf War. Need help? Appoint a Veteran Service Organization (VSO), attorney, or claims agent to assist you. In most cases, it is not necessary for Veterans to get assistance from an attorney. However, many Veterans choose to get free assistance from organizations such as the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH). These organizations will typically ask you to sign a limited power of attorney, which will allow them to speak with the VA on your behalf. They can help you determine status, ask the VA to reconsider the severity of your rated ailments, and help you with other support actions.

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 54 hospitals in 1930 to 1,600 health care facilities today, including 144 VA Medical Centers and 1,232 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity. The VA MISSION Act went into effect on June 6, 2019. Veterans may be eligible to receive care from a community provider when VA cannot provide the care needed.Veteran Health Identification Card

Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) - 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. What you need to do before you shop.

  1. Confirm your Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) has one of the required designations, (SERVICE CONNECTED, MEDAL OF HONOR, PURPLE HEART, FORMER POW), or obtain your Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). You will need this for your commissary checkout experience.
  2. Contact the base you intend to visit beforehand and determine what their current policy is for base access.
  3. Check out https://www.commissaries.com/rewards-and-savings/savings-center/featured-items-sales-flyer to start saving now or https://shop.commissaries.com to place your order online.

The Defense Commissary Agency has no authority to determine whether a person is authorized to shop in the commissary. If you believe you may be entitled to commissary privileges, visit your local installation Pass and ID office for information about military benefits and to obtain an ID card consistent with your entitlements.

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 a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs.

Wounded WarriorFisher 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.

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;

Hero MilesWounded, 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

Life 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.

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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.

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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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