The Plymouth colony first cared for veterans beginning in 1636. Three hundred and seventy-three years later, the United States continues to provide the best possible care for our greatest assets. Navy Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor continues to be at the tip of the sword in response to Warrior Care. There is no greater calling than to care for those that ensured our freedom; Warrior Care is America's duty.
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.
Numquam Navigare Solus – Never to Sail Alone
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.
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.
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
- 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.