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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Helpful Guides for Returning Troops and Military Families

We continue to hear of the difficulty of navigating -- much less updating -- the mammoth health care bureaucracies military families depend on both during and after deployment. There are, however, a number of online resources one can turn to for some help. Here are just a handful:

  • Our Hero Handbook - A Guide for Families of Wounded Soldiers [pdf] - A 74-page guide produced by Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The booklet shares not only specifics on getting around the hospital grounds and tapping into area services, it also provides information on long-term support options and list of phone numbers and addresses anyone might find useful.

  • Taking Care of America's Armed Forces Families Benefits Guide [pdf] - A 28-page guide produced by the Department of Defense for National Guard and Reserve service members. Explains TRICARE coverage along with legal, child care, and life insurance options. A whole host of other services and benefits outlined. Lots and lots of helpful website links to tap into further information.

  • Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents Booklet [pdf]- A 170-page guide produced by the Department of Veterans Affairs. A comprehensive benefits guide.

  • U.S. Veterans Healthcare Benefits [pdf] - A 32-page guide produced by MilitaryHandbooks.com. Includes general information on VA benefits and services.

  • A Survivor's Guide to Benefits: We Take Care of Our Own [pdf] - A 21-page guide by the DoD's Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center. Offers information on help provided by Casualty Assistance Officers, copies of important documents and additional resources.
This is hardly a comprehensive list; if you find other useful links, please share them in comments. See also PTSD resources.

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