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DoD Compensation and Benefits Handbook for Wounded, Ill, and/or Injured Service Members

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Are you a wounded, ill, and/or injured Service member, or family member or caregiver of such a Service member, and looking for information on benefits and resources? Not sure where to begin? The Department of Defense Compensation and Benefits Handbook for Wounded, Ill, and/or Injured Service Members can serve as a great starting point.  It summarizes programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and/or injured Service members and the people in their support networks, answering some of the most pressing questions that arise during recovery, rehabilitation, and possible return to duty or transition to the civilian community.

Every year, the DoD works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Social Security Administration, and the U.S. Military Services to update the compensation and benefits information detailed in the handbook. The 2019 edition includes changes to DoD disability compensation, TRICARE health plans, education benefits, and more.

The handbook contains the following chapters and appendices:

  • Chapter 1: Recovery
  • Chapter 2: Your Medical Care
  • Chapter 3: Family and Caregiver Support
  • Chapter 4: DoD Pay and Allowances
  • Chapter 5: Disability Evaluation
  • Chapter 6: DoD Disability Compensation
  • Chapter 7: Social Security Benefits
  • Chapter 8: Survivor Benefits
  • Chapter 9: Reintegration into Civilian Life
  • Chapter 10: Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits
  • Appendix A: TRICARE Plans & Programs
  • Appendix B: Health Care Privacy Protections
  • Appendix C: National Resource Directory
  • Appendix D: DoD-Approved Military Service Organizations, Veteran Service Organizations, and Military-Supporting Nonprofits
  • Appendix E: Reintegration to Civilian Life Resources
  • Appendix F: VA-Recognized Service Organizations (that assist with VA claims)
  • Appendix G: Useful Links and Resources
  • Appendix H: Acronyms

Some of the user-friendly features include a linked table of contents that takes you directly to specific sections in the handbook as well as hyperlinks that lead to external websites where you’ll find more detailed information about programs and resources.

Learn more about what’s new in the latest edition and download your copy.

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In this memorandum, Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter recognizes November as Warrior Care Month, an important DoD-wide effort to increase awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and injured Service members, as well as their families, caregivers and others to support them.

  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 11/14/2016
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: Warrior Care
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