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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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Traveling to Your Marine

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!

How do I get to my Wounded Warrior?

For SI and VSI patients, the PNOK may be issued Invitational Travel Orders (ITOs) if the attending physician determines it is essential to the recovery of the patient and it is verified by the hospital commander. ITOs will be offered to immediate family members (spouse, children, mother, father, siblings (including step) OR those acting in loco parentis, however, it should be noted that only one mother and one father can attend. The Service point of contact/notifier or hospital will provide information concerning travel regulations.

Who funds my travel?

The Marine Corps provides transportation for up to three family members in two week increments. Wounded Marine cases are evaluated every two weeks, and at the discretion of the attending physician, family members are authorized additional time at the bedside.

NOTE: To receive ITO reimbursements, the Corps requires that a travel voucher be submitted with all receipts and a doctor’s statement written to your CACO or the Marine Corps. Catalog all information regarding travel and keep any and all receipts acquired during travel. This will ensure your expenses are reimbursed to the fullest amount possible.

Where will I stay while I am visiting my wounded Marine?

If the family members are traveling on ITOs, the Corps will arrange for family member’s lodging before the family leaves to be with their Marine. Families are housed in local hotels, guest lodging at military installations, or at a Fisher House.

What is a Fisher House?

A Fisher House is "a home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes provide comfortable, temporary housing for families of servicemembers recovering from serious medical conditions. There is usually a $10.00 per night fee to stay at a Fisher House, however, the fee is waived for families of Wounded Warriors. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation readily available. For more information on the Fisher Houses, go to

Is child care cover in ITO?

Child care is not covered in ITO, and is full responsibility of the family. However, community resources may be available to assist with any child care needs. If you do find child care in the area, do not forget to bring a copy of the child’s shot record as you will need this to register your child at any child care facility.

Will military installations provide child care while I am visiting my wounded Marine?

For families staying at military installations, time slots for childcare go quickly so families should not assume child care will be available, however, your Point of Contact can direct you to the installation’s child development center to help you determine if you can make child care arrangements.

Will the hospital provide Child Care?

Some medical facilities have Family Assistance Centers (FACs) that provide assistance to the families of wounded servicemembers once they arrive at the Medical Treatment Facility (MTF). Contact the FAC to receive information regarding child care.

What if I can’t travel to be with my Marine due to financial hardship?

While the Marine Corps will do its best to cover the cost of travel, some Marine families may still experience financial hardship while trying to travel to their Marine. ITOs generally cover the cost of travel, however, usually do not cover the cost of transportation to and from hospital, child care, groceries, personal items, or assistance with rent or utilities while you are away from home. If you receive an ITO and need assistance traveling or while at the hospital, there are several organizations that are more than willing to help:

    Hope for the Warriors Immediate Needs Program
    Offers assistance to families staying with Wounded Warriors. Will help cover the costs of transportation, groceries, lodging, and any emergency needs such as rent and/ or utilities. To contact Hope for the Warriorrs call 910-938-1817 or 877-246-7349, or email

    Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
    Offers to help cover child care, travel expenses, and other necessities while your Marine is hospitalized. For those seeking assistance East of the Mississippi, call 703-640-0181. For those seeking assistance West of the Mississippi, call 760-725-3680.

    Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
    Will provide grants and interest free loans to servicemembers or their families to cover the cost of emergency needs. Emergency transportation, groceries, childcare, funeral expenses, and rent and utilities are all included. For those seeking assistance, they should go to the website to find their nearest NMCRS location. If there is not a location near you, an available Army Emergency Relief, Air Force Aid Society, or American Red Cross Chapter Office will process your request for you. If you need emergency assistance after hours, call the ARC Armed Forces Emergency Service Center at 877-272-7337.

    Operation First Response
    Provide aid to wounded servicemembers and their families as they wait for VA. Operation First Reponse that many families experience hardship due to time taken off work while their servicemember is in the hospital, and will generally help with travel to and from the hospitals, groceries, utilites, rent, and vehicle payments. To seek assistance, call 888-289-0280, or you can go to their website and apply online.

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