Words Versus Actions (Part III — Medical Care)

Welcome back! If you have been following this series we are going to continue to look at various programs offered to Guard and Reservist that have been injured/ill while in a duty status. If you want to go back to catch up, you can click here and here for the first two parts. For context, when there is mention of a service member, it is specific to Air Force guard or reserve service member.

Last week we discussed Line of Duty (LOD). Since guardsmen and reservists are not in a military duty status 24/7 (like active duty), the LOD is the critical paperwork that needs to be completed. It is proof a service member has had an injury/illness/disease while in a military duty status, and allows them to receive care by military medicine.

Now, let’s talk about the process of actually getting medical care. In the simplest form the line of duty drives the care. If a service member has a favorable line of duty (meaning it validates the injury/illness/disease occurred while in a duty status), then they can go to any military medical facility or civilian medical facility with Tricare (insurance) authorization and receive care. In general it seems straightforward.

However, it’s not. (Continue to read here.)

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