The military teaches its soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen to be prepared for anything that comes their way, even serious injuries and illnesses. Military OneSource offers strategies for the wounded warrior on adjusting to and recovering from a serious injury or trauma, returning to work and home life, and other important issues. While Military OneSource does not provide direct health care services, it does offer resources and benefits for wounded warriors.
Wounded Warrior Acronyms
The military often uses abbreviations, or acronyms, as shorthand for longer terms. If a service member you care about is recovering from an injury or illness and you're involved in the recovery, you are likely to encounter many acronyms.
Understanding the Americans With Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act has been protecting disabled people's civil rights for more than 25 years, making sure they have the same opportunities as everyone else to be part of everyday American life. The ADA protects disabled people's ability to enjoy job opportunities, buy goods and services, and take part in state and local government programs and services.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
People who live through a traumatic event sometimes suffer its effects long after the real danger has passed. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
The Road Ahead at Home and Work
As a wounded warrior, you deserve the easiest possible transition from military to civilian life. A severe injury does change the way you live your life, but it does not have to change the course of your career or the quality of your home life.
Getting Help for Combat Stress
Learning to recognize the signs of combat stress in yourself, another service member or a family member who has returned from a war zone can help you call on the right resources to begin the healing process.
Understanding and Dealing With Combat Stress and PTSD
Combat stress, also known as battle fatigue, is a common response to the mental and emotional strain when confronted with dangerous and traumatic situations. It is a natural reaction to the wear and tear of the body and mind after extended and demanding operations.
When Your Spouse Has a Traumatic Brain Injury
As a spouse of a service member who has suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, you may be experiencing a range of emotions. It is important to allow yourself to feel every emotion that surfaces and attend to your own needs.
Wounded Warrior Programs
The military has specialized wounded warrior programs designed to help the severely ill and injured transition back to duty or civilian life. Each service branch has its own program.