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Q1. How many surgeries will I need?A1. Your medical team will discuss your individual care plan, which includes surgeries. Each individual has a unique care plan, and as such, determining a definitive number of surgeries is difficult to generalize. You are the most important member of the care team, and your input is highly encouraged in the decision making process.
Q2. What factors affect how long I will stay at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD)? A2. Several factors play a role in determining your lenght of stay at NMCSD. The severity of your injury and your personal dedication to recovery are two key factors which drive your timeline of care. Your medical team will discuss your timeline as you progress through recovery.
Q3. How does convalescent leave work?A3. Convalescent leave is recommended by doctors but approved by the commander. Convalescent leave ("con" leave) is intended for a service member to convalesce after a surgery or a procedure. Con leave cannot be saved or "put in the bank" to use for a time later as its purpose is to allow the service member to convalesce after a procedure or a surgery.
Q4. Will the Army/Marine Corps pay for any of my family's travel expenses? A4. Yes, if a doctor says the service member needs assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and requires a non-medical attendant to assist with those. Your OIC will provide more specific details.
Q5. What other financial assistance is available for my family while they are here?A5. Many organizations have come forward to provide wounded service members assistance beyond medical care. Please see our RESOURCES page for a list of these organizations. Your Case Manager will also be able to provide you with additional resources.
Q6. Can I also access the Hero Miles Program?A6. The Hero Miles Program is designed to assist both you and your family members obtain airline tickets at no cost. The requests are processed immediately and arrangements are made. However, dates and times are not always available and you and your family may have to wait several days on your reservations. This program is administered by the Fisher Foundation.
Q7. I have had a number of individuals or companies call and offer to provide my care or to present me with money or other gifts. Can I accept these offers? A7. Your OIC will provide guidance on an individual case basis.
Q1. How can I contact a patient at Naval Medical Center San Diego? A1. You may reach patients throught the appropriate service liasions:Marine Wounded Warrior Battalion- West, NMCSD Det. : (619) 532-6104 Army Warrior Transition Unit: (619) 532-6430 NMCSD Medical Hold: (619) 532-9928
Q2. How can I donate money to help the patients?A2. The ASYMCA can accept donations on behalf of C5. Money can also be donated directly to service organizations. Please see our RESOURCES page for a list of some of these organizations.
Q3. How can I volunteer my time to help the patients at Naval Medical Center San Diego? A3. Learn about volunteer opportunities by contacting the ASYMCA at (619) 532-8156.