Our Hero Handbook
Our Hero Handbook is a comprehensive guide to help Servicemembers and their families understand what happens when a Servicemember is injured. The guide covers DoD procedures regarding notification, travel, and medical care and includes extensive information on military medical facilities. The guide also has a list of government agencies and private organizations that provide assistance and support to wounded Soldiers and their families. Some further resources are listed below:
Agency for Heathcare Research and Quality
Depression After Brain Injury: A Guide for Patients and Their Caregivers
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross provides services ranging from emergency communications, access to financial assistance, counseling, and assistance to veterans.
America Supports You
America Supports You is a Department of Defense program to highlight the efforts of American citizens to support Servicemembers, veterans and their families. The website also has an extensive list of organizations that can provide assistance to military families.
American Veterans with Brain Injury
American Veterans with Brain Injuries (AVBI) is a non-profit organization which was organized in 2004 as a grassroots effort whose mission is to offer support to the families of American Servicemembers and Veterans who have suffered brain injuries.
Army Emergency Relief
AER is the Army's own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own".
Army Wounded Warrior Program
The Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) the Army's severely disabled Soldiers and their families with a system of advocacy and follow-up with personal support to assist them as they transition from military service to the civilian community.
Army Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline
The Army has established a hotline for injured Soldiers and their family members facing problems associated with medical care. The Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline can be reached at 1-800-984-8523 24 hours per day, 7 days per week .
Aid for Wounded Soldiers
Aid for Wounded Soldiers is a non-profit project that provides comfort and relief items for soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines sick, injured or wounded from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Specific items requested by Military Medical Centers, VA Medical Centers and Fisher House rehabilitation facilities are purchased and donated each week.
Birdies for the Brave
Birdies for the Brave is a military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR that is dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Since 2005, the TOUR has joined with PGA TOUR players and corporate partners to raise millions of dollars for military homefront groups that provide critical programs and services to meet the specialized needs of wounded warriors and military families, through fundraising events at TPC clubs nationwide.
The Blewitt Foundation
The Blewitt Foundation provides recreational activities and retreats for military families, with a focus on children, who are suffering loss.
Bob Woodruff Foundation
The mission of the Bob Woodruff Foundation is to provide resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families -- building a movement to empower communities nationwide to take action to successfully reintegrate our nation’s injured heroes—especially those who have sustained the Hidden Injuries of War—back into their communities so they may thrive physically, psychologically, socially and economica
Career Center for the Military Severely Injured Center
Military.com, in partnership with the DoD Offers a career search and resume building tips for injured veterans seeking work in the corporate and federal sectors. The Military Severely Injured Center offers 24/7 support at 1-888-774-1361.
A free service for military families that helps them keep family and friends up to date through personalized web pages.
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes
Provides financial aid, career assistance, and handicapped- accessible homes for wounded vets and their families.
Combat Related Special Compensation
Information about a compensation program for disabled military retirees administered by the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.
Comfort for America's Uniformed Services (CAUSE)
CAUSE organizes recreational and entertainement programs for members of the US Armed Forces recuperating from injuries suffered in Iraq, Afghanistan and other military theaters.
The Coming Home Project
Offers healing workshops and retreats for Iraq-era veterans and their families
2011 DoD Compensation and Benefits Handbook
A comprehensive resource guide describing compensation and other benefits Service members and their families would be entitled to upon separation or retirement as a result of serious injury or illness.
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
The mission of the DVBIC is to serve active duty military, their dependents and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) through state-of-the-art medical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
The VA is the federal agency responsible for overseeing the interests of veterans and their family members. Some of its programs and offices include:
DFAS Wounded Warrior Support
From the moment you leave the combat zone, our Wounded Warrior Pay Management teams are at work to make sure your pay and other entitlements don't become things that you or your family have to worry about. With your service's finance offices, we will be with you through medical treatment and rehabilitation until you've returned to active duty or left military service
DisabilityInfo.gov (Federal and State Resources for Individuals with Disabilites)
This website is a collaborative effort between 22 federal agencies to provide a one-stop information and referral service for individuals with disabilities. The website has also has state map feature to make it easier to find disability-related information in your community. To browse through state information, just select one of the nine subject tabs — benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, health, housing, technology or transportation — at the top of any DisabilityInfo.gov page. Then click on the State and Local Resources map on the right-hand side bar to find information on that subject in your state.
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is open to all uniformed service members that are disabled veterans of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The bootcamp consists of training courses for entrepreneurship and small business ownership. Applications must be submitted for acceptance into the program.
Fallen Patriot Fund
The Fallen Patriot Fund was established to provide support to the spouses and children of U.S. military personnel who were killed or seriously injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Family Of a Vet
Family Of a Vet was started by the proud wife of an OIF Veteran who suffers from PTSD
(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) to inform about issues regarding PTSD, TBI, worthwhile information and education so that Servicemembers and their families know not only what they're dealing with, but how to deal with it.
Families of the Wounded Fund
Provide financial resources in support of family members/caregivers of military service men and women who have either been wounded in combat operations or injured as the result of line-of-duty activities in support of combat operations.
Fisher House Foundation
The Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of 32 comfort homes on the grounds of military and VA major medical centers to support families of patients receiving care at the nearby medical center.
Folds of Honor Foundation
Folds of Honor salutes the sacrifice of fallen and disabled service members by ensuring their families are not left behind. We seek to brighten their futures and help them achieve their dreams. Through scholarships and other assistance, we provide healing and hope to these families and seek to rally the nation to support of those who have served and sacrificed for our country.
Foster Homes for Veterans
VA's Medical Foster Home (MFH) program finds a caregiver in the community who is willing to provide a Veteran with 24-hour supervision and personal assistance.
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Shows its support of Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom by offering a one-year membership as well as a convention registration at no charge.
Healing Heroes Network (HHN)
The HHN provides desperately needed therapies and services for injuries like Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), that are not currently provided for or covered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Heroes to Hometowns & The Project for Financial Independence
Free financial planning services for severely-injured Servicemembers.
Homes For Our Troops
The website of a nonprofit organization building specially designed and adapted homes for disabled veterans.
A Los Angeles based organization run by medical professionals to provide cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to injured Servicemembers.
Jets for Vets
Jets for Vets provides airplane seats to injured Servicemembers as well as their family and friends.
Lakeshore Foundation Lima Foxtrot Program for Injured Military Personnel
Lima Foxtrot Program was established to allow injured military personnel to maintain an active lifestyle through recreation, fitness and sport.
Legal Assistance for Injured Servicemembers
Disabled American Veterans, in partnership with three national law firms, provides legal assistance to Servicemembers navigating the medical disability review board process at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Medical Holdover Soldier's Handbook
A handbook for Reserve Component Soldiers on the Medical Holdover Program.
Medical Disability Retired Pay Income Estimator
This tool coupled with a detailed online PowerPoint tutorial can help explain how the combined post-retirement income payment rates are determined.
Medicare: Caregiver Information
This site provides information to caregivers on navigating medicare, care options, billing information and resources to assist caregivers.
Military OneSource 1-800-342-9647
Military OneSource is a “one stop shop” for information in all aspects of military life. In addition to the comprehensive information available on line, there are 24 hour a day seven day a week (24/7) representatives available at the 800 number provided above.
NACCRRA Child Care Programs
NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, assists the families of severely injured Servicemembers in finding and paying for licensed child care services for six months during their period of recuperation. For more information call 1-800-342-9647.
The National Alliance for Caregiving
The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving. The Alliance was created to conduct research, do policy analysis, develop national programs, increase public awareness of family caregiving issues, work to strengthen state and local caregiving coalitions, and represent the US caregiving community internationally. This organization provides free brochures and studies on cargiving.
The National Amputation Foundation
The National Amputation Foundation has programs and services geared to help the amputee and other disabled people.
National Telecommuting Institute (NTI) offers high-quality, cost-effective, virtual staffing services. Founded in 1995 as a 503(c)(3) non-prophit organization, NTI persues its missionto identify and develop work-at-home jobs for home-bound Americans who are physically disabled.
Operation Hero Miles
Operation Hero Miles takes donations of unused frequent flier miles to help soldiers travel on emergency leave. They can also be used to help families fly to hospitalized soldiers.
Operation Life Transformed (OLT)
OLT provides career training for the spouses and caregivers of injured troops.
Operation Mend is a unique partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the Veterans Administration of the Greater Los Angeles Area. Operation Mend has been established to help treat U.S. military personnel wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan through medical treatments.
Operation Second Chance
Supports Servicemembers during recovery, aids in modifying housing for veterans with disabilities, assists the families and facilitates the transition back to duty or civilian life.
Operation Family Fund
Provides financial grants for those injured or killed and their families as part of the Global War on Terrorism, whether domestic or abroad, military or civilian. Assistance is available for food, mortgage/rent, utilities, emergency transportation, vehicle repair, funeral, legal, medical/dental exspenses and more.
Operation First Response
Offers financial assistance to wounded Servicemembers for rent/mortgage payments, utilities, vehicle payments and repairs, food, clothing, transportation and personal items.
Operation Homefront can provide financial assistance to military families in need as well as help with emeregncy household and vehicle repairs.
Project Valour-IT provides voice-controlled software and laptop computers to wounded Servicemembers recovering from hand and arm injuries or amputations at major military medical centers. Visit the website to learn how to make a donation or request a laptop.
Rebuild Hope offers our American Veterans and their families an immediate and easy way to help families that are now struggling to pay the most basic of living expenses, and Rebuild Hope also recognizes their personal sacrifices and efforts to rebuild their lives by sharing their personal stories.
Regifting for the Warrior
Regifting for the Warrior provides the gift of services and direct support to wounded warriors and their families. Donations are used to purchase gift cards that are provided to the wounded warrior transition centers to distribute to our warriors and their families. The everyday expenses that these families face can add up fast and their pay and benefits do not cover all of these cost. These Donations will offer tangible thanks for the sacrifices they have made for us.
Segs4Vets is an \effort sustained and administered by volunteers representing grateful Americans, who passionately believe that when those serving our nation are sent into harm’s way and suffer serious injury and permanent disability they must have every resource and tool available to them, which will allow them to fulfill their dreams and live the highest quality of life possible.
Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation
Provides four year “life scholarships” to wounded Servicemembers to help them settle back into civilian life.
Silver Star Families
Founded in 2005, the Silver Star Family of America provides information, support, education, and advocacy to injured Servicemembers and their families.
Stiggy's Dogs is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of our Military Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. We offer another way to heal through Psychiatric Therapy Dogs. Our dogs are rescued shelter dogs that are trained specifically for each Veteran. By uniting these Military Heroes and our dogs, we are “Rescuing One to Rescue Another.”
Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SOFAR)
SOFAR is a pro-bono program run by mental health professionals to provide support and counseling and educational services to the families of National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers returning from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait.
The Purple Heart Project
The Purple Heart Project provides free "life coaching" to wounded warriors -- those servicemembers who have been injured while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Traumatic Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (TSGLI)
TSGLI helps severely injured Soldiers with a one-time payment to help offset financial difficulties in the initial period after the injury occurred.
TRICARE's Wounded, Ill, & Injured Toolkit
TRICARE's Toolkit provides a variety of communication's vehicles for Servicemembers, who are wounded, ill or injured, to view and utilize their TRICARE benefits.
A new helpline number designed to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions.TSA Cares will serve as an additional, dedicated resource specifically for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.
United Spinal Association
United Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the lives of all individuals with spinal cord injury or disease by ensuring quality health care, promoting research, advocating for civil rights and independence, educating the public about these issues, and enlisting its help to achieve these fundamental goals.
VFW sponsored program to help military families with financial hardship. Apply online or download application from this website.
USA Cares is dedicated to helping service members and their families with quality of life issues using grants, counseling and mentorship. Requests for financial assistance can be done online.
US Government Disability Information
The federal government's one-stop website for people with disabilities, their families, employers, and veterans.
US Government Benefits
GovBenefits.gov is the official benefits website of the U.S. government and provides information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.
Vail Veterans Program
The Vail Veterans Program offers skiing, snowboarding and outdoor summer recreation activities to United States military men and women who have been severely wounded while serving our country in Afghanistan and Iraq at no cost to the participant and their guest.
Veterans' Employment & Training Services (VETS) RealLifelines
REALifelines' Advisors help wounded and injured Servicemembers and veterans access valuable online resources and contact information for one-on-one employment assistance to help them transition into the civilian workforce.
Veterans and Families Coming Home
Veterans and Families Coming Home is a non-profit organization founded by veterans, community members and military families and seeks to make the transition easier for Soldiers and their families and build healthy relationships upon their return.
Veterans Airlift Command
The Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) provides free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Veterans of Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) is VAC's top priority. As capacity allows, their mission will expand to serve veterans of other conflicts.
Veterans organizations play a vital role in advising, supporting and advocating for injured and disabled Servicemembers and their families.
- The American Legion
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization.Provides free, professional assistance for any veteran or veteran’s survivor to file and pursue claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs; assists deployed service members’ families with practical and emotional support; and offers temporary financial assistance to help families meet their children’s needs.
As one of America’s foremost veteran’s service organizations, AMVETS (or American Veterans) assists veterans and their families.
- Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)
The Blinded Veterans Association, an organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded veterans. BVA is here to help veterans and their families meet the challenges of blindness.
- Disabled Veterans of America (DVA)
Disabled Veterans of America provides a variety of free services to veterans and service members and their families. Services of interest include a review of the Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) review, representation before a Personnel Evaluation Board (PEB), and submission of claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability compensation, as well as rehabilitation and other benefit programs.
- Non-Commissioned Officers Association
The Non Commissioned Officers Association has established a worldwide network of trained Veteran Service Officer (VSOs) to provide assistance to members of all components of the Uniform Services, military retirees, veterans and their families.
- The Military Order of the Purple Heart
The Military Order of the Purple Heart provides support and services to all veterans and their families. This web site includes information on VA benefits assistance, issues affecting veterans today, and links to other key web sites for veterans.
- Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
The PVA has a wide range of expertise in representing veterans with severe injuries, especially spinal cord dysfunction.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars
The VFW has more than 100 trained service officers to assist any veteran, or their dependents, obtain federal or state entitlements.
Wall Street Warfighters
WSWF provides career training for disabled veterans who want to enter the financial services industry. The purpose of the program is to facilitate rewarding career opportunities for disabled veterans who have made great sacrfice.
The Warrior Transition Command
Serves as the lead proponent for the Army's Warrior Care and Transition Program; Ensures that non-clinical processes and programs that support wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers are integrated and optimized throughout the Army; Supports the Army's commitment to the rehabilitation and successful transition of wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers back to active duty or to Veteran status. To get a video which helps wounded warriors with care system, please go to: http://www.wtc.army.mil/video/aw2lifecycle.html
Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation
Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation provided additional funding to Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) families caring for loved ones at medical facilities. The funding can include plane tickets, childcare and monthly rent payments.
Wounded Heroes Foundation
Assists severely injured Servicemembers with physical, emotional and financial support, such as paying a missing mortgage payment, building or remodeling homes, purchasing a handicap accessible van and more.
Wounded Warrior Homes
Wounded Warrior Homes is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization committed to providing long-term transitional housing to medically discharged service members with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We bridge the gap between hospitalized rehab care and immediate discharge to civilian independent living.
Wounded Warrior MilAir Initiative/ Air Mobility Command
As of March 2007, military personnel on active duty who have been injured in a combat zone and are currently receiving treatment at a medical treatment facility will be offered excess seats on any DoD aircraft in the continental United States supporting DoD senior officials.
Wounded Artist Project
The Wounded Artist Project creates and provides, free-of-charge art kits (beginner, intermediate and advanced) for war wounded recovering in military hospitals.
Wounded Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Warrior Foundation
The Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides assistance to our Wounded EOD Warriors and their families in the form of financial relief.
Wounded Warrior Project (associated with United Spinal Association)
The WWP provides programs and services designed to ease the burdens of the wounded and their families, aid in the recovery process, and smooth their transition back to civilian life.
Wounded Warrior Project-Campus Services
Education has the unique ability to uplift and empower wounded warriors on the journey to self-sustainability and long-term prosperity. Campus Services prepares warriors for success by helping them achieve their educational goals.
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The Wyakin Warrior Foundation
The Wyakin Warrior Foundation is an organization for severely wounded veterans that includes a full ride scholarship, a multi-layered mentoring program, an ongoing training/seminar series, and robust networking to position them for a successful and rewarding career.
Yellow Ribbon Fund
Yellow Ribbon Fund assists injured service members and their families while they recuperate at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center by offering free car rentals, cab vouchers, hotel rooms, apartments, job mentoring and internship programs and free tickets to cultural and sporting events.
The Association of the United States Army Family Programs Directorate does not endorse any of the the organizations listed nor the information about services provided on their websites.