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The Wounded Warrior Handbook: A Resource Guide for Returning Veterans

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The typical wounded soldier must complete and file 22 forms following an active-duty injury. To many soldiers and their families coping with the shock and reality of the injuries, figuring out what to do next?even completing tasks as seemingly easy as submitting paperwork?can be overwhelming and confusing.

Written with these men and women in mind, The Wounded Warrior Handbook provides our wounded heroes and their families with quick, straightforward answers to the questions they...

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Overview

The typical wounded soldier must complete and file 22 forms following an active-duty injury. To many soldiers and their families coping with the shock and reality of the injuries, figuring out what to do next—even completing tasks as seemingly easy as submitting paperwork—can be overwhelming and confusing.

Written with these men and women in mind, The Wounded Warrior Handbook provides our wounded heroes and their families with quick, straightforward answers to the questions they suddenly face and guides them through the deluge of processes, procedures, and policies they must adhere to in order to receive the care they deserve and need.

Comprehensive and easy-to-use, the Handbook compiles information regarding medical treatment, rehabilitation, counseling, support, and transition, including

·Symptoms, treatment options, and information resources of common injuries

·Programs to help families reach and care for their injured soldiers

·Definitions of the seven classifications of "casualty" and the notification process for next of kin

·Documents family members should carry when traveling to see their loved ones

·Challenges of reintegrating into everyday life, and tips and resources for succeeding

·Guidance for finding a job that matches an injured soldier's physical abilities and skills

·Organizations offering advocacy and legal assistance

·Locations of Veterans Affairs hospitals, medical centers, and clinics

Whether you work with members of the military or support a community that does, you can help our embattled men and women make the transition from active duty to post-war domestic life with this time-saving and life-restoring book.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Wounded Warrior Handbook brings together information concerning medical treatment; rehabilitation; counseling; support; transition; and financial, legal, and tax matters. This handbook is a good purchase for academic libraries and is particularly recommended for public libraries.
Foreword Reviews
This Handbook first addresses the recovery process, from the traumatic injury event onward, for the active serviceman or woman. It gives practical advice on everything from spotting the symptoms of depression to travel instructions for visiting family. It explains the terms of separation from military service and the process for determining and appealing the so-important physical disability status. . . . One useful chapter includes a discussion of financial, legal, and tax issues faced by active and discharged troops. Finally, a chapter on bereavement covers everything from grief support to burial expenses, military funerals, and death benefits. . . . Readers will discover that, despite recent scandals in VA hospitals and the common perception that the US does not support its wounded veterans and their loved ones, assistance in every conceivable aspect of transition and reintegration is available. And throughout, Philpott and Hill offer names, addresses, phone numbers, and Web addresses.
The Standard Times
It contains a wealth of data that is and will be helpful on a continuing basis for different segments of our population. . . . It's pertinent information for those seeking specific kinds of post deployment/combat assistance, be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. . . . The Wounded Warrior Handbook does an excellent job of making clear what can benefit those who have served our country.
Veterans For Peace
Philpott and Hill have compiled an invaluable list of things that vets, their families, other loved ones, friends and even private citizens can do to help vets return to society.
Gazette
Offers a well-organized checklist of dos and don'ts for veterans, their families and friends and for others who want to understand their problems and challenges and to help them. The value of this book extends beyond health and injury related issues to broader aspects of reintegrating into civilian life.
ForeWord Reviews
This Handbook first addresses the recovery process, from the traumatic injury event onward, for the active serviceman or woman. It gives practical advice on everything from spotting the symptoms of depression to travel instructions for visiting family. It explains the terms of separation from military service and the process for determining and appealing the so-important physical disability status. . . . One useful chapter includes a discussion of financial, legal, and tax issues faced by active and discharged troops. Finally, a chapter on bereavement covers everything from grief support to burial expenses, military funerals, and death benefits. . . . Readers will discover that, despite recent scandals in VA hospitals and the common perception that the US does not support its wounded veterans and their loved ones, assistance in every conceivable aspect of transition and reintegration is available. And throughout, Philpott and Hill offer names, addresses, phone numbers, and Web addresses.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This item will be of interest to veterans and those who live with or serve them, and is suitable for the reference or circulating collections of public, academic, and hospital libraries, along with VFW halls and medical professionals dealing with this type of patient.
American Reference Books Annual
This item will be of interest to veterans and those who live with or serve them, and is suitable for the reference or circulating collections of public, academic, and hospital libraries, along with VFW halls and medical professionals dealing with this type of patient.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605906935
  • Publisher: Government Institutes
  • Publication date: 2/25/2010
  • Series: Military Life Series , #1
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Philpott has been writing, reporting, and broadcasting on international events, trouble spots, and major news stories for almost 40 years. He is the author or coauthor of more than 80 books, including The Integrated Physical Security Handbook (Homeland Defense Journal, 2006) and Education Facility Security Handbook (Government Institutes, 2007).

Janelle Hill is the President and lead consultant of PBS Marketing/Federal Concierge LLC., a consulting provider supporting a variety of project and program needs to businesses, contractors, and the federal government. She is an Alumna of the National Defense University and a United States Marine Corps Volunteer.

Barry McCaffrey, who wrote the foreword, served in the United States Army for 32 years and retired as a four-star General. At retirement, he was the most highly decorated serving General, having been awarded three Purple Heart medals for wounds received in his four combat tours, two Distinguished Service Cross awards, the nation's second highest award for valor, and two Silver Star awards for valor.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Preface vii

Foreword General Barry McCaffrey ix

Chapter 1 Introduction: Pre-Battlefield Injury to Recovery 1

Chapter 2 Medical Issues: Things to Know 7

Chapter 3 From the First Day 41

Chapter 4 Support 83

Chapter 5 Recovery and Transition 91

Chapter 6 Benefits, Taxes, and Legal Issues 151

Chapter 7 The DoD and the VA 177

Chapter 8 Success Stories 207

Chapter 9 Handling Bereavement 223

Chapter 10 Resources 243

Index 311

About the Authors 315

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