Pay and Benefits
The Army understands the stress financial difficulty can place on wounded warriors and their Families, and works closely with wounded, ill and injured Soldiers to ensure they continue to regularly receive military pay while assigned to a Warrior Transition Unit (WTU).
Soldiers should work closely with their squad leaders and their local Wounded Warrior Pay Support Team (WWPST), located at Army installations throughout the United States and overseas, to ensure they are receiving the appropriate pay for their personal situation.
Wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their Families may be eligible for specific pay and entitlements; some of these include:
For additional information on the above and other pay and benefits information, reference the Department of Defense (DoD) Wounded, Ill, and Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook . The DoD Compensation and Benefits Handbook is issued by the DoD and VA and provides an extensive overview on pay and entitlements at each stage of a wounded warrior’s recovery and transition.
Other Pay and Benefits Resources
DFAS Wounded Warrior Pay and Entitlements Handbook
The Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS) website and DFAS Wounded Warrior Pay and Entitlements Handbook provide specific information on the qualifications for many types of financial compensation available such as:
- Basic Allowance for Subsistence
- Casual Pay
- Combat Zone Tax Exclusion
- Combat-Related Injury and Rehabilitation Pay
- Family Separation Allowance
- Family Support Debit Card Program
- Family Travel Orders
- Filing a Travel Voucher for time in a Combat Zone
- Hardship Duty Pay Location
- Hostile Fire Pay
- Invitational Travel Orders
- Pay and Allowance Continuation
Veterans Affairs Benefits
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits and Services section provides a wide variety of benefits available to wounded, ill and injured Veterans and their Families. For additional information on state or territory-specific benefits or to contact your local VA office, click here .
Social Security Administration (SSA) Benefits
The Social Security Administration provides disability benefits to workers, including military personnel, whose medical conditions cause a severe impact on their ability to work. Social security benefits are different from the Army and VA benefits; thus, requires a separate application. Military service members who became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001 will go through an expedited application process.
MyArmyBenefits is the official Army benefits portal and provides information on how to calculate disability income and other benefits of interest for severely injured Soldiers and their Families, as well as surviving Family members of fallen Soldiers.
eBenefits – My Gateway to Benefit Information
The eBenefits Portal is a central location for Veterans, service members and their Families to research, find, access and manage their benefits and personal information. You can apply for benefits, download your DD214 and view your benefits status.
Soldier For Life - Transition Assistance Program
Soldier For Life – Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) SFL-TAP is a centrally funded commanders program that provides transition assistance services to eligible Soldiers. Public Law is the foundation of the Transition Assistance Program initiative, along with DOD and Army policy. The Army's SFL-TAP goals include translating Army skills, training, and experience into rewarding careers as well as intelligently comparing Army
earnings, benefits and potential for growth with what transitioning Soldiers can reasonably expect to achieve in the private sector.
Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success)
Transition GPS is a website is designed to provide separating service members access to their Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) documents (DD2586 and Cover Letter) that will assist them in their transition from the military.
National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a website for wounded, ill and injured service members, Veterans, their Families and those who support them. The NRD provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration on topics such as benefits and compensation, education and training, employment, Family and caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation and travel and other services and resources.
The DoD Wounded, Ill, and Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook provides comprehensive information on pay and benefits including DoD disability compensation and allowances and social security benefits.
One of the most important things a Soldier must do to ensure continuity of pay is to provide current orders. Sometimes, wounded, ill and injured Soldiers arrive at the WTU with orders that are expired or will expire in the very near future. This is particularly important for Reserve Component Soldiers. When orders expire, the Soldier suffers lapses in military pay, placing a financial burden on the entire Family. Please work with your squad leader and parent unit to prevent a lapse in orders.