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The term "wounded warrior" no longer refers only to those wounded in combat. Service members who have been seriously injured or diagnosed with a life-changing medical condition – those who are fighting different but very challenging battles – also are considered wounded warriors.

The formal Navy definition of a “wounded warrior” is any Sailor or Coast Guardsman who has a serious illness or injury requiring long-term care that may necessitate a Medical Evaluation Board/Physical Evaluation Board (MEB/PEB) to determine fitness for duty.

Navy Wounded Warrior enrollment consideration is given to:

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation New Dawn (OND) casualties*
  • Shipboard, liberty and training accidents
  • Serious illnesses

* By law, Navy Wounded Warrior is unable to support those wounded in combat operations prior to 2001.


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