When a Sailor or Coast Guardsman falls ill or is seriously wounded or injured in combat, in training, or in direct support of a military unit, few families are prepared to deal with the personal and financial disruption associated with leaving their home, their family, and their job to be with their loved one through long months of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and recuperation. Navy Safe Harbor Foundation aims to ensure that every service member is given an opportunity for full recovery. Navy Wounded Warrior coordinates the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and provides resources and support to their families. Through proactive leadership, NWW offers individually-tailored assistance to ensure enrollees’ successful recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. Enrollment in the program is available to service members wounded in combat, as well as to those diagnosed with a serious illness or injured in shipboard, training and liberty accidents. Enrollment lasts a lifetime.
"I can think of few more important priorities than supporting our seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen. These men and women have sacrificed so much for each of us, and for our country. It is our sacred duty to care, provide and advocate for them, ensuring they can lead the fullest lives possible." -- Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert
The Anchor Program helps Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor carry out its promise to provide transition assistance to seriously wounded, ill, and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, as well as their families. It provides them with an invaluable network of support during a critical chapter of their lives – the conclusion of their military careers. Though participating in the Anchor Program is purely voluntary, Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor urges all of its enrollees to take advantage of this important service.
Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor
Toll-free, 24-hour telephone number: 1-855-628-9997
What Can Navy Leadership Do?
- Visit the bedside of wounded warriors recovering at medical treatment facilities near you.
- Discuss warrior care issues and Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor in All Hands meetings or briefs.
- Engage the chiefs’ mess or wardroom at your command.
Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998 are eligible for an extended period of eligibility for health care for 5 years post discharge. Under the "Combat Veteran" authority, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides health care services and community living care for any condition possibly related to the Veterans service in the theater of operations and enrollment in Priority Group 6, unless eligible for enrollment in a higher priority group to: Combat Veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after January 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll in the VA health care system for 5 years from the date of discharge or release. The 5-year enrollment period begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active duty military service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date. Combat Veterans, while not required to disclose their income information, may do so to determine their eligibility for a higher priority status, beneficiary travel benefits, and exemption of copays for care unrelated to their military service.
Your service has earned your access to enhanced VA health care benefits. In order to take advantage of these benefits, OEF/OIF/OND Veterans need to enroll in VA's health care system. Don't delay, apply today!
Family Support at Vet Centers — If you have served in ANY combat zone, local Vet Centers can help you and your family with readjustment counseling and outreach services — for free.
College Education — VA pays benefits to eligible Veterans, reservists and active duty service members to support your continuing education goals, including for on-the-job training, apprenticeships and non-college degree programs. Learn about the Post 9/11 GI Bill today.
180 Day Dental Benefit — OEF/OIF combat Veterans may be eligible for one-time dental care — but you must apply with 180 days of your separation date from active duty.
Documentation Used To Determine Service in a Theater Of Combat Operations
Veterans may assist VA in establishing their status as a combat Veteran by providing one of the following when they apply for care:
- Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD 214) indicating service in a theater of combat operations
- Proof of receipt of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Air Force Combat Action Medal (AFCAM); Kosovo Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (does not include Global War on Terrorism Service Medal); or Southwest Asia Service Medal.
- Proof of receipt of Hostile Fire or Imminent Danger Pay (commonly referred to as "combat pay") after November 11, 1998
- Proof of exemption of Federal tax status for Hostile Fire or Imminent Danger Pay after November 11, 1998.
Health Benefits Under The "Combat Veteran" Authority
- Medical care and medications provided for conditions potentially related to combat service
- Enrollment in Priority Group 6 unless eligible for enrollment in a higher priority group
- Full access to VA's Medical Benefits Package