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 - Safe Harbor coordinates the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and provides resources and support to their families.
Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor
Toll-free, 24-hour telephone number: 1-855-628-9997
The program is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Non-medical Care Managers are located at Military Treatment Facilities and VA Polytrauma Centers throughout the continental United States. The program’s goal is to return Sailors and Coast Guardsmen to duty and, when that’s not possible, to work collaboratively with federal agencies, and state and local organizations to ease them back into their communities.
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.
Active Duty Servicemembers who have received their separation and/or retirement orders may apply for enrollment in VA health care system. If eligible, Servicemembers become enrolled upon separation or retirement. When service members leave active duty, they may be eligible for benefits offered by TRICARE and the VA, depending whether they retire or how they separate from the military.
If retiring, a service member is eligible for TRICARE as a military retiree and may be eligible for certain VA benefits. Service members who separate due to a service-connected disease or injury may be eligible for VA health benefits and certain TRICARE benefits.
- United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition
- Army Wounded Warrior Program
- Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment
- Air Force Wounded Warrior
- Fleet and Family Support Program
- Office of Warrior Care Policy
- Warrior Care Support Program
- Warrior Navigation and Assistance Program
- eBenefits Gateway
- VA Forms
- Federal Recovery Coordination Teams
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program
- Readjustment Counseling
- National Resource Directory
- War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC-DC)
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Spinal Cord Disorder (SCD) Centers
- Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) Wounded Service Members Initiative
- Invisible Wounds - Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) - Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
- Blind Rehabilitation
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)
- National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS)
Fisher Houses Provide military families housing close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.
The Hero Miles Program provides round-trip airline tickets to wounded, injured, and ill service members and/or their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center; or who are attending an authorized event. Flights are made possible through frequent flyer mile donations made by individual airline passengers.
If you have served in ANY combat zone, local Vet Centers can help you and your family with readjustment counseling and outreach services. Veterans, including activated Reservists, are eligible for VA Benefits and Services if they served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. Apply online using VA Form 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits. VA presumes that specific disabilities diagnosed in certain veterans were caused by their military service. VA does this because of the unique circumstances of their military service. If one of these conditions is diagnosed in a Veteran in one of these groups, VA presumes that the circumstances of his/her service caused the condition, and disability compensation can be awarded.
For the purposes of VA health benefits and services, a person who served in the active military service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable is a Veteran. If you served in the active military service and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves who were called to active duty by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health benefits as well. Certain Veterans may be afforded enhanced eligibility status when applying and enrolling in the VA health care system. Veterans who:
- Are a Former Prisoner of War (POW)
- In receipt of the Purple Heart Medal
- In receipt of the Medal of Honor
- Have a compensable VA awarded service-connected disability of 10% or more
- In receipt of a VA Pension
- Were discharged from the military because of a disability (not preexisting), early out, or hardship
- Served in a Theater of Operations for 5 years post discharge
- Served in the Republic of Vietnam from January 9, 1962 to May 7, 1975
- Served in the Persian Gulf from August 2, 1990 to November 11, 1998
- Were stationed or resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987
- Are found by VA to be Catastrophically Disabled
- Previous years' household income is below VA's National Income or Geographical-Adjusted Thresholds
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." --President Theodore Roosevelt 23APR1910