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New Program Began May 2014: Warrior Support Team
After 7 years of support to Purple Heart Heroes and Families, we've moved forward with a new program, Warrior Support Team, to focus on the needs of all returning warriors including wounded, ill, injured, and those living with PTS/COS (Post Traumatic Stress/Combat Operational Stress), as well as the needs of their family members and caregivers. To learn more and see our current work, visit

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The Road to Recovery

Thank You from Marines and Volunteers

“What your organization brings to the barracks is…important. You are there every week. We know and love you guys, and you bring that touch of home to us all. You're all our parents away from home.”

—Wounded Hero

"We hear so much appreciation from our Wounded Heroes, not only in their words, but in their eyes, their smiles, and hugs. We never know who we'll touch. We can't heal them, but we can be there to support and listen to them."

—Joyce, West Coast Manager

"Thanks for everything you guys do for us, we appreciate everything."

—Wounded Hero

Currently, meals are delivered weekly to Balboa and twice a month to Bethesda. As funding increases, we hope to add more hospitals to the program. If you would like to make a donation to help support the cost of our monthly dinners, use the "Donations" link to the left. Thanks to all our Purple Heart Hero Support™ benefactors. Our Wounded Heroes appreciate your dedication!

Recovery can be a difficult and trying time for any Marine and his or her family, especially if your Marine is severely injured. Remember to be patient with your Marine as he or she is experiencing new emotions, and possibly coping with a new physical disability they do not fully understand yet. Unrelenting patience and support on both good and bad days will aid your Marine during his or her recovery in ways you never thought possible. Our Marines served us during trying times, and if your Marine has been injured, it is now our time to serve them in return.

What happens to my Marine once he or she has been injured?

The Armed Services Medical Regulating Officer (ASMRO) controls the medical evacuation and/ or transferring of Marines between the Armed Forces medical facilities to receive medical treatment. If a Marine is medically evacuated, the ASMRO will choose a military or VA hospital for the Marine to be assigned to. The Marine will then be transported to the hospital to immediately undergo medical treatment.

If an active duty Marine, can not be returned to full duty, but can perform light duty, he or she will be transferred to a minimum care facility to complete outpatient care.

Is my Marine now Retired or Separated from the Corps now that he or she is injured?

Even if Marine is severely injured and needs medical attention, he or she is still on active duty. During recovery, he or she goes through a series of medical examinations to determine whether or not he or she is able to return to the Corps after recovery. The examinations are generally done after a Marine is treated, however, certain examinations may be skipped or conducted during treatment depending on the severity of the Marine's injuries. Your Marine will not be removed from active duty until fully evaluated by the MEB and PEB, and separation/ transition classes are attended.

The general process for the Naval Disability Evaluation System is as follows:

  • Marine is transported to a Military Treatment Facility for treatment

  • Medical Evaluation Board report evaluates the diagnosis, prognosis for return to duty, plan for treatment, and any other medical recommendations.

  • The MEB then forwards case on to either the CMC or the Physical Evaluation Board

  • The case goes to the CMC if the MEB believes the Marine's wounds are cause for Mandatory Retirement

  • The case goes to the PEB if the Marine's wounds are not severe enough for immediate retirement. The PEB will determine ability to continue on duty, entitlement to benefits, disability rating, and disposition of referred Marines.

  • PEB delivers preliminary findings to Marine and he or she chooses to accept or reject the findings after being counseled by their assigned PEBLO

  • If Marine rejects findings, a full and fair hearing is done before PEB

  • After review, the President of PEB takes action

  • Final findings are delivered to the Marine

  • Marine is either retired, discharged, or returned to duty

Who will work with our family during my Marine’s recovery period?

Each Wounded Warrior is counseled by a Physical Evaluation Board Liason Officer during their recovery period. The PEBLO provides information and assists the servicemember and family during the recovery period and the Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) and Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) process. These individuals also provide information on Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs).

How often will my Marine receive counseling?

Your Marine will receive counseling when he or she:

  • is notified of the findings and recommendations of the MEB.

  • is notified of the preliminary PEB findings.

  • during a formal hearing.

  • is notified of the PEB's Hearing Panel's recommended findings.

  • receives the findings letter signed by the President of PEB finalizing the Hearing Panel's recommended findings.

What if my Marine doesn't agree with the PEB findings?

15 days after PEB findings, a Marine choses to agree or disagree with the findings. His or her PEBLO forwards the decision on to PEB, and proceeds to take action according to the Marine's decision. If the Marine demands, and is entitled to a hearing, PEB arranges a hearing and a judge advocate is assigned to the Marine.

For additional assistance filing claims, or if you are needing guidance about your Marine's entitlements, contact:

    The Military Order of the Purple Heart:
    Offers to help file claims for compensation, pension and veterans preference, and also provides quality and professional representation when a local VA regional office denies coverage. To inquire about the programs they offer, contact 703-256-6139, or email

What does it mean if my Marine is placed on Light Duty?

A Marine can be placed on light duty for up to 60 days for 30 day increments if they suffer from a temporary medical condition which limits their ability to perform on full duty. Light Duty is only recommended if the Marine is expected to return to full duty within those 60 days.

What does it mean if my Marine is placed on Temporary Limited Duty (TLD)?

If your Marine is placed on TLD, the MEB believes that he or she can be restored to full duty within a certain time period, and will be placed on limited duty for the time being. If the MEB recommends TLD for more than 12 months. enlisted Marine's must be forwarded to the CMC for departmental review.

What does it mean if my Marine is placed on Permanent Limited Duty (PLD)?

If your Marine is placed on PLD, he or she has been granted a continuation of active duty in a limited status even though they have been determined unfit for duty. The Marine must be able to function normally in a military environment and without needing a large amount of medical care.

Why hasn't my Marine undergone a Physical Fitness Test (PFT)?

The MEB determines whether or not a Marine cannot take a PFT due to permanent medical defect or a repeated temporary condition. Once they determine that a Marine's injuries are severe enough, they will allow the Marine to bypass a PFT.

My Marine was forced into mandatory retirement, and is now undergoing a PFit, why?

If the PEB decides that a Marine's disability has not caused premature termination of his or her career within 12 months of the date mandatory retirement was issued, they can have the Marine evaluated under PFit. Marines whom PEB determines were prematurely retired are not eligible for disability retirement from the Corps, but are eligible for retirement under other provisions of law, and for evaluation by the DVA for disability compensation.

My Marine has been recommended as Unfit for duty and has accepted these recommendations, what happens now? Once your Wounded Warrior has been fully evaluated by the MEB and PEB and has accepted their recommendations, he or she will now begin the separation/ transition process into civilian life. The Department of Defense requires that all service members attend the Transitioning Assistance Program (TAP), prior to complete Separation from the Service.

If you are experiencing financial hardship while your Wounded Warrior is in the hospital, or are anticipating hardship after your Wounded Warriors departure from the hospital, there are many organizations offering assistance:

    Operation First Response:
    Operation First Response's Wounded Warrior Family Financial Assistance Program aids families while they are waiting for VA benefits. They offer to assist families in covering the costs of rent, utilities, vehicle payments, groceries, clothing, and travel to and from hospitals. To request assistance you can apply online, or call 888-289-0280.

    Injured Marines Fund:
    Raises money for Wounded Warriors and their families through various fundraisers. To contact call 973-897-2237, or email

For accessible housing and disability equipment assistance:

    Hope for the Warriors:
    Hopes to enhance the quality of life for US service members and their families who have been adversely affected by injuries. The organization offers programs to build accessible housing for Wounded Warriors, Couples and Family Retreats, and provide financial assistance. To inquire about assistance, call 910-938-1817 or 877-246-7349, or contact via email at

    Building Homes for Heroes:
    Builds or modifies homes to be more disability accessible for soldiers severely wounded or disabled in combat. To inquire about assistance call 516-684-9220, or email

    Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund:
    Provides wheelchairs, audio/ visual equipment for the blind, and software for traumatic brain injuries, and aids Marines and Marine families in acquiring adaptive transportation. They also aid families in home renovations for be more accessible for their Wounded Warrior. If you live West of the Mississippi and would like to inquire about assistance, call 760-725-3680. If you live East of the Mississippi and would like to inquire about assistance, call 703-640-0181

For further treatment options:

    Operation Mend:
    Provides reconstructive plastic surgery to Wounded Warriors suffering from disfiguring wounds received from combat in either Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. The program works closely with the burn unit of Brooke Army Medical Center. To contact the program, you can email them at, or call 310-794-8161.

    Project Victory:
    Works with Wounded Warriors who have screened positively for post concussive symtoms or have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury received in combat from Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. The services are at no costs to clients. To inquire about treatment, contact Program Director, Shawn Brossart at 713-799-9107, or email, or contact Admissions Coordinator, Maureen Cogbill at 713-799-9120, or email at

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