Accession Number : AD1034162

Title :   Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans: Navigating Services and Benefits Module 4

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Defense Health Agency/Defense Health Board Falls Church United States

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Report Date : 01 Apr 2010

Pagination or Media Count : 172

Abstract : This module is about benefits and services from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Being a member of the military brings both honor and support. You want to be sure your family member gets the supportservices and benefits--that he or she deserves. It can be hard to find your way through the maze of programs at DoD and the VA. The good news is that you are not alone. There are many caring professionals at both agencies who can guide you. Your family member will also have a Point of Contact (POC). He or she is the first person to turn to for information. (What this person is called depends on your family members military branch.) You also have an important role to play on your family members behalf. Part of being a caregiver is to be an advocate, for both your family member and for you. You need to speak up, clearly and firmly, to communicate your and your family members need for services and benefits. Understanding what services and benefits are available to you and your family member will help you feel more confident in advocating for them. Thats what this module is all about. The information in this module is current as of its publication. Information on services and benefits changes from time to time. Pleasecheck with your Point of Contact (POC) (see Chapter 1) for updated information. He or she can also advise you about where to look for information you need.

Descriptors :   brain injuries , trauma , military personnel , military medicine , department of defense , DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS , military families , TRICARE , COUNSELING , mental health , patient care management , traumatic stress disorder , EMPLOYMENT , education , HOUSING (DWELLINGS) , finance , travel , TRANSITIONS

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE