Numbers of Wounded U.S. Troops by State

Military health-care reform leaves wounded warriors entangled in more red tape

Reforms meant to streamline military health care for severely wounded service members have in many cases worsened the bureaucracy, causing duplication, confusion and turf battles, according to families, congressional overseers and advocates for veterans. After reports that troops recovering from catastrophic wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other facilities were getting lost in the military’s system, a high-profile commission recommended in 2007 that every severely wounded service member be assigned a federal recovery coordinator. This “single point of contact” was to cut red tape and shepherd the wounded through recovery and the transition back to military duty or civilian life.

TRICARE – Injured While On Active Duty

Provides a vast amount of benefit information and tools for wounded servicemembers. Resources include handbooks and information about transitioning from TRICARE to Veterans’ Affairs. If you’re in need of assistance don’t hesitate to ask for help. Many of the above mentioned organizations have call centers ready to take your call 24/7.

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Numerous resources are available to assist wounded warriors in obtaining their benefits.

Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors

Servicemembers injured while on active military duty on or after October 1, 2001 may qualify for Social Security benefits unrelated to the VA benefits. This Q&A offers information and instructions about applying for the disability benefits.

Wounded Warrior Resource Center

A valuable organization in helping to ensure the needs of the servicemember, family members and caregivers are met. If you have questions or need assistance they encourage you to call their 24-hour call center at 1-800-342-9647.

Military Severely Injured Center

Offers numerous services, to include helping wounded warriors and their family members navigate through the benefits process. To access their 24/7 call center, phone 888-774-1361