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Being a mobile patient population that is often separated by great distances from loved ones, it's critical for military medical beneficiaries to understand the importance of advance healthcare directives. Often, the spouses or parents of service men and women have to make difficult healthcare decisions for a loved one who has been incapacitated by injury or illness. Helping them understand, for example, the differences in state law between advance directives such as living wills, healthcare proxies, and DNR Orders as well as other unique legal tools used in different states will go a long way in helping the military medical beneficiary prepare for such challenging times, especially if the service member and his or her family have had to move multiple times throughout the years.
The following audiences may find this resource helpful:
- Active duty military personnel
- Spouses and other family members of active duty servicemen/women
- Legal Assistance Divisions for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and National Guard
- Judge Advocates General