service member recovering from a serious wartime injury may face a long and difficultprocess that is both physically and emotionally challenging for all involved. Once the servicemember is out of harm’s way and receiving proper medical care, he or she must begin to considerthe future. During the healing process, service members and their families will face a host of practicalissuesrangingfromthemilitarydisabilityevaluationsystemandcontinuationofmilitary service to the possible transition back into civilian life.Fortunately, the United States Armed Forces, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and anarray of other government and private organizations are committed to meeting the needs of our wounded service members and helping them and their families through this difﬁcult time. Inrecognition of their service and sacriﬁce, these organizations and federal and local laws provide anumber of beneﬁts and rights for service members and their families to help with ﬁnancial,medical, educational, employment and other needs.Thepurposeofthishandbookistoassistinjuredservicemembersandtheirfamiliesbyprovidinginformation about what lies ahead, an overview of resources at their disposal, and a discussion of certain issues they are likely to confront. It is designed to supplement the information provideddirectly by the various branches of the military, as well as governmental and nongovernmentalorganizations.
he information is presented in the form of responses to questions service members and theirfamiliesarelikelytohave. Itshouldserveasastartingpointandareferenceguide. Itisnotmeantto be a source of authoritative information, to provide legal, financial or other advice, or toeliminatetheneedtoseekadvicefromqualifiedprofessionals. Rather,eachchaptercontainslistsof resources, including websites and telephone numbers, of organizations that can provide moreinformation and further assistance. Over time, some of the information in this handbook may become outdated. To ensure the most up-to-date information, please visit the websites listed ineach chapter as well as the websites of the organizations that published this handbook: theIntrepid Fallen Heroes Fund,www.fallenheroesfund.org