Military, Dependents and Veterans

TRICARE is the health care program of the Department of Defense that provides care for active duty and retired military personnel and their covered dependents. The program is managed on a regional basis, and includes services by both military and civilian healthcare professionals and facilities.  Military families often face greater logistical and financial challenges when their child needs a BMT. Many children covered by TRICARE undergo BMTs at specialized civilian pediatric transplant centers.

Young adults who are are active duty military personnel in need of a BMT also face specific issues and challenges. However, it is beyond the scope of the BMTBasics website to discuss the topics of maintaining active duty status and medical discharge planning for these individuals. We recommend that military BMT patients consult with oncology social workers at their treatment centers and also utilize veterans assistance services for further advice.

Military families with children in need of BMT can get technical assistance on any and all matters pertaining to their child’s care and practical concerns of the parent(s) from STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents). STOMP’s main office is located in Tacoma and is a specialty Parent Training and Information Center for US military families worldwide. The program provides many useful services, including: advocacy training for parents; referrals to civilian medical centers, Medicaid and other public programs; DoD-specific and branch-specific resources; help with family issues; education advocacy; Internet discussion lists; and much more.

Web resources specifically for military families

Military OneSource
Toll-free 1-800-342-9647 24-hr. phone line

STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents)
Toll-free 1-800-5-PARENT

TRICARE
Toll-free 1-888-TRIWEST (1-888-874-9378

US Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Some young adult BMT patients may be eligible for medical coverage by the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA). In general, those who have received an honorable or general discharge and served in the military for at least 180 days may be eligible for VA benefits. Other eligibility restrictions about length and place of service may apply. At the present time, priority for VA eligibility and services is being given to veterans with service-connected disabilities. For all others, there are waiting lists for determination of eligibility status, and income limits for eligibility.

The Puget Sound VA Medical Center BMT program is part of the NMDP Network, and provides BMT services for eligible veterans and certain active duty military personnel.

Veterans who have reason to believe that the illness for which a BMT is needed may be service-connected, may also wish to pursue obtaining a disability rating if this has not previously been addressed. Assistance with veterans issues is available from each state’s veteran’s affairs office, from the offices of elected officials, and from veteran’s organizations.

Resources for Veterans

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

American Legion

Veterans of Foreign Wars

2007 VA Health, Income and Other Benefits

Comprehensive information and resource guide to all benefits and services for veterans, published as a communbity service by the Title II Community AIDS National Network.