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.”
"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."
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!
Before any Marine with a MEB before the PEB can be separated from the Corps, two things must happen:
- The Marine’s unit commander must confirm that the Marine has been counseled on Veteran benefits, and that the Marine has either accepted or rejected a Veteran’s Application for Compensation or Pension at separation.
- The Marine must also complete a four part separation process that aids Marines in the transitioning process.
What is included in the separation process?
- A pre-separation counseling meeting
- A pre-separation counseling checklist
What exactly is separation?
The dismissal, dropping from the rolls, release from active duty, release from custody and control of the Marine Corps, or transfer from active duty to: IRR, Fleet Marine Corps Reserve, Retired List, Temporary or Permanent Disability Retired List, or the Retired Reserve. Characterization of separation is as follows in order of greatest honor to the least: honorable, general, and unfavorable.
What does it mean if a Marine is placed on the Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL)?
A Marine is placed on the TDRL if his or her current status of being unfit for duty resulting from an injury or illness is considered to be temporary. A Marine who suffered a minor injury would most likely be placed on this list.
Will my Marine be compensated while on TDRL?
Most likely your Marine will be compensated if he or she is placed on TDRL. The compensation rate is a basic computation of retired pay, and can continue for up to 5 years.
What is a PPE?
Marines on this list are required to undergo Periodic Physical Examinations (PPE) once every 18 months. These examinations determine whether or not there has been a change in the Marine's physical disability. A Marine required to undergo a PPE will be entitled to travel and transportation allowances in connection with PPE orders.
Once the PPE is reviewed by the PEB, the PEB will determine is the Marine should stay on TDRL, be moved to PDRL, be discharged with or without severance pay, or continue naval service.
What is the Permanent Disability Retired List (PDRL)?
PDRL is for those who are permanently medically retired due to an illness or injury considered to be permanent causing them to be unfit for active duty.
Can my Marine defer or modify their separation?
If your Marine was put into mandatory retirement or dismissal while they are hospitalized, they may defer their separation. This can be beneficial for a wounded Marine trying to stay on the priority list at a medical facility. Only the CMC for enlisted Marines and the Secretary of the Navy for Commissioned Officers can approve the deferment.
What happens when my Marine accepts his or her discharge and completes Transition classes?
When your Marine completes Transition classes and retires, he or she is honored by a Retirement Ceremony. The commanding officer with personally interview your Marine to plan a ceremony that best suits them as well as the means of the command. The spouse of the Marine will be recognized with a Letter of Appreciation, while the Marine will be recognized with a certificate, letter, and USMC lapel pin.
Will my Marine receive severance pay?
If a Marine is not eligible for physical disability retirement, but is found Unfit for duty because of physical disability, they may be discharged from the Corps with severance pay. Severance pay is determined by multiplying twice the monthly base pay by the number of years of active service, not to exceed 12 years. If a Marine has less than 6 months of combined service, severance pay will not be provided.
If a Marine is considered Unfit for Service because of their own misconduct or willful neglect, they will not receive severance pay or benefits.
Will anyone help my Marine and his or her family move?
Marines who are discharged or separated from the Corps and placed on either the Temporary or Permanent Retired List because they are found Unfit for duty, are given travel assistance. This assistance includes mileage reimbursement and the transportation of dependents and household effects.
How do I convert my SGLI to VGLI?
Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI): VGLI is an insurance option available to servicemen and women upon their release from the Corps. Members with full-time SGLI coverage are eligible for VGLI once they retire from the service. Coverage is issued in multiples of $10,000 up to a maximum of $400,000 with the coverage amount not exceeding the amount of SGLI coverage they had in the force at the time of separation from the service.
Applying for VGLI: Marines must apply for VGLI within one year and 120 days from discharge. Members who submit their application within the first 120 days do NOT need to submit evidence of good health. Those who submit their application after the first 120 DO need to submit evidence of good health. There are two ways for Marines to apply:
This is the quickest process of the two as OSGLI will immediately evaluate your application and let your know if your coverage is approved. The online application will walk you through each step of the process, making applying quick and easy.
Download the form needed to apply by mail, SGLV 8714, and then send the completed form, along with the required premium and a copy of your Marine’s DD214, to the Office of Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance.
- The online application, SGLV 8714 form, and the Office of Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance can be found at www.insurance.va.gov
For Wounded Warriors transitioning into civilian life, there are many resources available to them to aid in the transitioning process:
USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment:
Offers a 24 hour, 7 day a week hotline dedicated to aid Wounded Warriors as they transition into civilian life. On the site, there are lists of many resources available to wounded Marines. To access the Wounded Warrior Call Center call 1-877-4USMCWW
The Department of Labor offers two programs, HireVetsFirst and REALifelines, which promote Veterans in the workforce. HireVetsFirst is an online database which contain employers who make hiring Veterans a top priority. HireVetsFirst can be accessed at http://hirevetsfirst.dol.gov/. REALifelines is a program dedicated to training Wounded Warriors and finding appropriate careers for them once they are separated from the service. More information about REALifelines can be found at www.dol.gov/vets/REALifelines/index.htm , or a representative can be contacted at 1-202-693-4500, or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Military Family Association's Operation Purple Program:
Provides all expenses paid family camps for wounded and emotionally traumatized/ ill warriors and their families. Retreats include recreational activities created to promote families to overcome obstacles and reconnect as one family unit. Applications for retreats are available April-May at www.militaryfamily.org
The Military Order of the Purple Heart:
Offers training programs to facilitate Veterans' transitioning from active duty to civilian life through their Purple Heart Service Foundation. To inquire about the programs they offer, contact 703-256-6139, or email email@example.com
VetConnect is a program of Enable America that provides job placement assistance to Veterans. To acquire assistance, contact Enable America at 1-877-ENABLED or 813-222-3212
Marines for Life Injured Support Program:
Provides educational and career placement resources. Also provides resources regarding transitional periods for Marines. For further information, visit the website.
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