The DOD (Department of Defense) on 17 November 2011 – released an update to the Compensation and Benefits Handbook to Assist Wounded, Ill and Injured Services Members and their families. Service members in any of the aforementioned categories are referred to this Handbook as a reference guide for their command and control identification. A video affixed to this story – addresses the NVLSP (National Veteran Legal Services Program located in Washington DC), who provide contingency-based (pro bono) legal counsel for Wounded Warriors, Ill and Injured Service Members who require it.
Through the Handbook, Warfighters (returning soldiers) are asked not only to “seek,” but also to “take advantage” of RCCs (Recovery Care Coordinators), AW2s (Army Wounded Warrior) Program Advocates, NMCMs (Navy Safe Harbor Non-Medical Care Managers) or FRCs (Federal Recovery Coordinators) for expertise and answers to questions and to meet their requirements, which are certain to be often overwhelming.
The Handbook is a great step forward for the returning Soldier and is designed to facilitate the Warfighter and their familial sphere with a rehabilitation to reintegration format addressed sequentially. The Handbook is configured to follow a logic-driven sequence in a step-by-step manner – this is an improvement over indexing relational presentation, which coupled with distress is difficult to say the least to absorb and integrate into a recovery scheme. The thought is this Handbook will deliver answers to questions in the most consistent pattern from return from battle to rehabilitation to community reintegration.
Usually, resource personnel and the programmatics they implement have a somewhat open window of opportunity during rehab and recovery. While the returning Warfighter may feel compelled to get from A to Z of the Handbook in a quick manner – reality is – Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members need to focus on their rehabilitation and recovery without generating internally driven and undue stress. Take your time during rehab and recovery.
It is not unusual for a “Survivor” to be compelled towards reintegration in as short a time frame as possible, especially with loved ones in the wings. RCCs, AW2s, NMCMs and FRCs will counsel returning Veterans to take their time and they will also listen to the Vet and reach to the terms of the Soldier – if you push towards reintegration they’ll listen, so it is wise for Wounded Warriors to pace themselves and take the respite of rehabilitation and recovery as the benefit it is intended to be. Community reintegration when it comes – has new nuances and programmatics usually a bit more convuluted than the DOD has presented in this revised Handbook. Read the Handbook.
For instance, the Handbook addresses the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), which added protection for families of military members under the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) of 1993 as recently as 2010. There are new protections for Warfighters and their family members to take time off to attend to rehabilitation, recovery and reintegration. These changes allow a spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin to take up to 26 work weeks of leave in order to care for a member of the Armed Forces, including members of the National Guard or Reserves. The changes apply to members with a serious injury or illness that requires medical treatment, recuperation, and/or therapy in outpatient status. The FMLA also applies to members whom are retired due to disability. Also, the revised NDAA permits an employee to take FMLA leave for certain “qualifying exigencies” as defined by the Secretary of Labor, arising from a covered military member’s active duty status, or notification of an impending call or order to active duty status, in support of a contingency operation.
The Handbook was compiled in cooperation with the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and the Social Security Administration, along with the military services. It also provides references to assistance provided by other governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations.
Many of the answers to specific questions will depend on the Service member’s personal circumstances. Service members should take advantage of the assistance of their Recovery Care Coordinator (RCC), Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) Advocate, Navy Safe Harbor Non-Medical Care Manager (NMCM) or Federal Recovery Coordinator (FRC) to help find the answers to questions or contact the appropriate experts. (Credit: taniameireles2)
There are worthwhile facts contained in this new publication (http://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/files/2011/11/2011-DoD-Compensation-and-B…) – get your copy and review it from cover to cover ensure your success through knowledge and the DOD’s new platform for returning Wounded Warfighters.
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