Resources for Families and Caregivers
There are a wide variety of resources available for Families and Caregivers of wounded, ill or injured servicemembers. The online portals listed below provide access to broad lists of programs, resources, and benefits available to assist Families and Caregivers supporting wounded, ill or injured Soldiers (Soldiers).
Soldier and Family Assistance Center
Soldier Family Assistance Centers (SFACs) are located near most Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) to assist Soldiers and their Families. SFACs are comprehensive, centralized coordinating offices that provide a variety of services to assist Soldiers and their Families with administrative and personal needs during their stay at the WTU.
DoD Compensation and Benefits Handbook
The DOD Compensation and Benefits Handbook for wounded, ill or injured Service Members was designed to answer your questions in the order in which they are most likely to arise. It is intended as a quick reference for Soldiers, Family, and caregivers during rehabilitation to reintegration. This version will link to resource sites that you may need. It will answer most of your immediate questions and lead you to the right places to answer the rest.
The Soldier's Pay and Benefits page has more resources for your reference.
National Caregiver Support Line
The National Caregiver Support Line is open Monday – Friday, 8a.m. to 11p.m. and Saturday, 10:30a.m. to 6p.m. (EST). Please call 855-260-3274 to speak with a licensed clinical social worker or visit www.caregiver.va.gov to learn more about the assistance VA offers to caregivers and veterans.
National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a website for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers, 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 & compensation, education & training, employment, Family & Caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation & travel and other services & resources.
The NRD includes a section on specific resources for Families and Caregivers.
Caregiver Resource Directory
The Caregiver Resource Directory enables caregivers to quickly identify many of the available resources that address their particular needs and requirements. The National Resource Directory has vetted them; though it makes no recommendations or endorsements about the quality of services offered.
Community Support Network
The Community Support Network, an initiative of the Army Warrior Transition Command, connects wounded, ill or injured Soldiers, Veterans, their Families, and Caregivers with local providers of services and is a valuable tool for AW2 Advocates to gain information about available organizations and activities.