Department of Defense Compensation and Benefits Handbook for Wounded, Ill, and/or Injured Service Members

Are you a wounded, ill, and/or injured Service member, or family member or caregiver of such a Service member, and looking for information on benefits and resources?  Not sure where to begin?  The Department of Defense (DoD) Compensation and Benefits Handbook for Wounded, Ill, and/or Injured Service Members can serve as a great starting point!  It summarizes programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and/or injured Service members and the people in their support networks, answering some of the most pressing questions that arise during recovery, rehabilitation, and possible return to duty or transition to the civilian community.

Each year, the DoD works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Social Security Administration, and the U.S. Military Services to update the compensation and benefits information detailed in the handbook.  The 2020 edition includes updates to the child care fee assistance process, termination of benefits, Medicare coverage, and Veterans’ Group Life Insurance.

The handbook contains the following chapters and appendices:

  • Chapter 1: Recovery
  • Chapter 2: Your Medical Care
  • Chapter 3: Family and Caregiver Support
  • Chapter 4: DoD Pay and Allowances
  • Chapter 5: Disability Evaluation
  • Chapter 6: DoD Disability Compensation
  • Chapter 7: Social Security Benefits
  • Chapter 8: Survivor Benefits
  • Chapter 9: Reintegration into Civilian Life
  • Chapter 10: Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits
  • Appendix A: TRICARE Benefits and Plans
  • Appendix B: Health Care Privacy Protections
  • Appendix C: National Resource Directory
  • Appendix D: DoD-Approved Military Service Organizations, Veteran Service Organizations, and Military-Supporting Nonprofits
  • Appendix E: Reintegration to Civilian Life Resources
  • Appendix F: VA-Recognized Service Organizations (that assist with VA claims)
  • Appendix G: Useful Links and Resources
  • Appendix H: Acronyms

This year the handbook is available in HTML format.  This will allow you to more easily search for and access specific information in the handbook.  Other user-friendly features include a linked table of contents that takes you directly to specific sections in the handbook as well as hyperlinks that lead to external websites where you’ll find more detailed information about programs and resources.

Learn more about what’s new in the latest edition and download your copy for easy reference at https://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/files/2020/09/WCP_2020_Benefits_Handbook_August_FINAL.pdf