Warrior Care is America’s Duty
The Plymouth colony first cared for veterans beginning in 1636. Three hundred and eighty-two 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 indirect 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
Sailors and Coast Guardsman may self-refer to the program or be referred by family members, command leadership or medical providers. 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.
The Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor Anchor Program is a voluntary program for wounded warriors to receive support on a personal level while adjusting to civilian life and living with a disability. The Anchor Program connects sponsors (active-duty or retired Navy or Coast Guard personnel) to wounded warriors upon their retirement from military service. They share local knowledge and lend emotional support while the wounded warrior integrates back into the community. It is not within the Anchor Program sponsors’ jurisdiction to provide advice on legal issues and health-related concerns. Wounded warriors should consult with their Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor non-medical care management team about such matters. Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor is always looking for volunteers from the Navy and Coast Guard family interested in sponsoring a wounded warrior in their geographic location. To get involved, call 855-NAVY WWP/855-628-9997 or email [email protected].
Enhanced Eligibility For Health Care Benefits
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. Combat Veterans, while not required to disclose their income information, may do so to determine their eligibility for higher priority status, beneficiary travel benefits, and exemption of copays for care unrelated to their military service.
Benefits and Services
- Eligible combat Veterans will have free medical care and medications for any condition that may be related to their service in theater.
- Immediate benefits of health care coverage.
- No enrollment fee, monthly premiums or deductibles.
- Low or no out-of-pocket costs. During the five-year post discharge timeframe, there may be small medical care or prescription drug copayments for medical care for any condition not related to combat theater.
- Once enrolled, the Veteran will remain enrolled.
- Enrollment with VA satisfies the health care law’s requirement to have health care coverage.
- Medical care rated among the best in the United States.
- More than 1,700 places available to get health care.
- Choice Card Program eligibility.
- VA health care can be used along with Medicare and any other health insurance coverage.
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. 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
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 or National Guard 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.
Once your application is successfully processed, you will be assigned an enrollment Priority Group. Certain Veterans may be eligible for more than one enrollment Priority Group. In that case, VA will always place you in the highest Priority Group that you are eligible for. Under the VA Health Benefits Package, the same services are generally available to all enrolled Veterans. Once enrolled, you will receive a personalized Veterans Handbook, which will detail your VA health benefits and provide important information concerning your access to VA health care.
Documentation Used To Determine Service in a Theater Of Combat Operations
- Military service documentation that reflects service in a combat theater, or
- Receipt of combat service medals, and/or
- Receipt of combat tax exemption, imminent danger or hostile fire pay
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
- 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 provides 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.