Develops Compensation & Benefits Handbook
DoD announced today it has developed a comprehensive
handbook describing compensation and other benefits service members
and their families would be entitled to upon separation or retirement
as a result of serious injury or illness.
“The Compensation and Benefits Handbook is the one source
of information that covers everything a seriously ill and injured
service member will need during his or her recovery, rehabilitation
and reintegration,” said Ronald A. Winter, principal deputy assistant
secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve affairs.
The handbook was compiled in cooperation with the
Departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, Health and Human Services, and
Education and the Social Security Administration. Additionally; there
are references to assistance provided by other governmental and
non-governmental agencies and organizations.
“The handbook describes the disability eligibility
process, various program qualifications, application procedures, and
numerous resources with associated contact information,” said Sharon
Gunselman, policy and resource analyst for the Department of Defense.
Web sites and toll-free numbers are provided, and the
electronic version includes hyperlinks. The electronic version of the
handbook will be updated frequently and the hard copy of the
compensation and benefits handbook will be updated annually.
The electronic version of the handbook can be found on the
five Web sites listed below: