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Wounded Warrior Pay

Wounded Warrior Pay includes many different types of pay that work together to help get a wounded service member and his/her family through the difficult time of hospitalization and rehabilitation from an injury. Acknowledging the fact that this is a very difficult time for both injured military personnel and their families, the DoD has tried to lessen the financial, medical and emotional worries of anyone who suffers injury or illness resulting from serving in a combat zone. Wounded Warrior Pay includes a combination of the following programs:

  • Combat Zone Tax Exclusion (CZTE)
  • Hardship Duty Pay Location (HDP-L)
  • Hostile Fire Pay/Imminent Danger Pay (HFP/IDP)
  • Family Separation Allowance (FSA)
  • Combat-Related Injury and Rehabilitation Pay (CIP)
  • Pay and Allowance Continuation (PAC)
  • Savings Deposit Program (SDP)
  • Traumatic Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (TSGLI)
  • Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS)
  • Casual Pay
  • Travel Pay

To help a wounded service member and their family cope with the complexities of the system and to get them through the process of hospitalization and rehabilitation, the personnel office will assign each wounded person a Wounded Warrior Pay Management Team (WWPMT). The Management Team’s mission is: “To provide accurate and real-time financial support to service members who are medically evacuated as a result of wounds, disease or injury incurred while serving in a combat zone. Additionally, to provide the critical human dimension of world-class customer service to Wounded Warriors.”

The largest change to Wounded Warrior Pay came about in 2008 with the introduction of the Pay and Allowance Continuation Program (PAC). PAC extends Special Pays to service members while they are hospitalized. These can include pays such as Dive Duty Pay or Technical Pays. Previously, these Special Pays were not continued so a wounded individual and his family had to cope with the added stress of less income while wounded and recuperating. Moreover, PAC allows compensation to be paid even if injuries or illness was not diagnosed and apparent on the battlefield. Previously the injuries or illness had to be obviously related to the combat zone. This PAC extension is enormously helpful in cases such as of brain trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder. Service members can receive PAC Pay for up to a year and beyond if extensions are granted and necessary. The PAC program also provides for those who are wounded outside of designated combat zones, something the old CIP program did not do.

If you are injured in combat, Wounded Warrior Pay is there to take some of the burden off of your shoulders and make it easier for you rest and relax so that your body and mind can heal. Your Management Team will help get you through this, and you will be taken care of by some of the best doctors in the country. Being injured or ill is always difficult but the military is committed to making this time as burden free as possible for you and your family.

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