Sailors and Coast Guardsman may self-refer to the program or be referred by family members, command leadership or medical providers.
Pay and Benefits
Pay and benefits problems, if not addressed quickly and thoroughly, can result in financial hardship or an interruption in much-needed benefits for seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen.
While wounded warriors are recovering, they are entitled to receive some of the pay and allowances they were getting at the time they were injured or became ill, and they may be eligible for additional Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense benefits, depending on the severity and type of their injury or illness. These benefits can include Family Separation Allowance, Transportation Allowance and much more.
Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor works with the Bureau of Naval Personnel/Navy Personnel Command (BUPERS/NPC), an enrollee’s command, personnel support detachments, military treatment facilities, and other key players and institutions to address and monitor all pay and personnel issues as soon as they arise.
A dedicated BUPERS/NPC liaison* at Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor helps ease the administrative burdens enrollees face and cuts through the bureaucracy associated with their pay and benefits, allowing the wounded warrior to focus on getting well. The liaison helps address issues such as bedside travel, pay and allowance continuation, and benefits payments, and also manages the Navy’s Pay and Allowance Continuation and Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living programs.
Pay and Allowance Continuation Program
Administered by Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor, this benefit ensures wounded warriors' pay continues for up to one year while in a qualifying treatment status after they are hospitalized after incurring a wound, illness or injury while on duty in a hostile fire area, or while exposed to other hostile actions. This benefit may be extended for six-month periods under extraordinary circumstances.
Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL)
SCAADL benefits are provided monthly to permanently and catastrophically injured or ill Sailors to offset the loss of income of their caregiver. This benefit is not automatically paid to a wounded warrior. They must contact Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor to initiate the application process.
To meet basic eligibility a member must:
• Have a catastrophic injury or illness incurred in the line of duty which compromises their ability to carry out activities of daily living such that he/she requires personal or mechanical assistance to leave the home or bed and/or requires constant supervision to avoid physical harm to self or others;
• Be certified by a licensed DoD or VA physician to be in need of assistance from another person to perform the personal functions of everyday living; and
• Be in an outpatient treatment status and in the absence of caregiver assistance would require some form of residential institutional care.
SCAADL benefits require recertification every 6 months and can continue until a wounded warrior separates from the Navy, or they no longer meet the eligibility requirements. If a wounded warrior is transitioning out of the Navy, prior to separating they should notify the VA and begin the application process for VA’s caregiver stipend.
* BUPERS/NPC liaison support is not available to Coast Guardsmen.