Photo of the Week: Our New Poster Series!

A Navy Wounded Warrior -- Safe Harbor poster featuring the many faces of wounded warriors.Check out one poster from Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor’s new poster series, which features the many different faces of wounded warriors. The term “wounded warrior” does not simply refer to those wounded in combat. Its definition has expanded to include service members who are seriously ill or injured in shipboard, training or liberty accidents. The new poster series spotlights combat-wounded, ill and injured Sailors, as well as a Coast Guardsman. Visit the Press Room page to view the entire series! If you would like copies of the poster(s), please contact Patty Babb (her contact information also is included on the Press Room page).

The Sixth Edition of the Family Newsletter is Here!

A snapshot of the sixth edition of the Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter.Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) — Safe Harbor has released the sixth edition of the Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter (its first edition in 2014). There are seven different versions of the newsletter — one for each region in which NWW has staff and enrollees. Each version of the newsletter includes region-specific content, as well as national news and information, that will be very useful to the families and caregivers of seriously wounded, ill and injured service members. This edition pays special attention to summer camps for military children.

Check out your region’s newsletter today (scroll down to March 2014 for the latest edition)! If you have any questions or feedback, please contact NWW Family Programs and Charitable Resources Coordinator Dario Santana at dario.santana@navy.mil.

Photo of the Week: Safe Harbor Artwork

A photo of artwork created for NWW representatives by a wounded warrior.A Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) – Safe Harbor enrollee in Navy Region Northwest who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder created this artwork (above) to celebrate the mission of NWW. He is a self-taught artist who honed his craft by watching YouTube videos, and he has found that making artwork brings him peace. This piece was created for his non-medical care providers, Lt. Chad Hutchins and Edward Garcia, who support seriously wounded, ill and injured service members, as well as their families, throughout the region. The piece is proudly displayed in their office.

Photo of the Week: Warrior of the Year

A photo of a wounded warrior receiving the Warrior of the Year award.Retired Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Owens, a Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor enrollee, received the 2013 Warrior of the Year award Feb. 24 at the Navy Region Northwest Wounded Warrior Family Symposium. The award was created by the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation to recognize a recovering service member who personifies the term “warrior,” demonstrating bravery and determination.

Owens discovered he had Almyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Disease in October 2010 while stationed in Alameda, Calif., as the Pacific Area Staff Judge Advocate for the Coast Guard. At time of diagnosis, he was given an 18-month life expectancy; after receiving a second opinion, his prognosis was extended to anywhere between three to five years. He transferred to the Coast Guard District 13 Legal Office in Seattle to be closer to his extended family. He and his wife Sherri have a daughter, Samantha Sarah-Jayne Owens. Owens retired from the Coast Guard in November. Sherri is still able to work outside the home while Owens receives 40 hours per week of home healthcare aid through TRICARE. His life’s mission until he passes away is to ensure his family will be fully cared for and to help fellow shipmates who suffer from unexpected illnesses or injuries.

Learn more about the Wounded Warrior Family Symposium.

Photo of the Week: A Canine Companion

A wounded warrior is joined by his non-medical care manager as he receives his new service dog.Retired Navy Steelworker 2nd Class Matthew Craig, a Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor enrollee based in Navy Region Southeast, receieved his new service dog on Feb. 8. The dog, named Amigo, was trained to assist Craig with issues related to traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder by Joan Moss and Janell Stone-Pritzaku from Operation K9. The organization hosted Craig at a dog training facility in San Antonio, Tex., providing lodging and food while he and Amigo became acquainted with one another. Stone-Pritzaku threw a party for Craig at her home when Amigo was finally awarded to his new owner. Craig’s non-medical care manager, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chris “Riggs” Burks (pictured above with Craig and Amigo), who connected Craig to Operation K9, also joined the celebration.

Mark Your Calendar: Northwest Wounded Warrior Family Symposium

Do you work at Naval Base Kitsap? Be sure to check out our upcoming Wounded Warrior Family Symposium! It will be an informative, engaging event. Learn more now about Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor’s family assistance program.

A flyer for the Navy Region Northwest Wounded Warrior Family Symposium.

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