Please take time to read our third Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter for 2016. This edition includes some great information on the inaugural Mid-Atlantic family symposium, Navy Gold Star program, caregiver highlights and a letter from our leadership!
WEST POINT, N.Y. (NNS) — Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Franklin Parker announced June 21, that the Navy will host the 2017 DoD Warrior Games in Chicago next June.
The announcement took place during the closing ceremony of the Army-hosted 2016 DoD Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Parker was joined on stage by Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, commander, Navy Installations Command, who oversees the Navy’s wounded warrior program. To mark the announcement, Gen. Mark Milley, the Army’s chief of staff, passed the torch to Smith before competition flames in the cauldron were extinguished.
“Chicago has been home to many world-class events,” said Parker. “We are honored to work alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel to make next year’s games truly unforgettable for our wounded warrior athletes and those who support them.”
Chicago’s mayor announced that the city was eagerly anticipating next year’s DoD Warrior Games.
“We are honored to host this historic event and to support one of our greatest national treasures: the military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice by defending our country,” said Emanuel. “Next year the City of Big Shoulders will welcome our brave service members and veterans from around the country with open arms for a celebration of their courage, triumphs and commitment to our freedom.”
The Warrior Games was created in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors through participation in adaptive sports. This year’s DoD Warrior Games featured five U.S. teams representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force and the Special Operations Command, as well as a British armed forces team. During the games, teams competed in seven sports, including archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball.
The Navy chose Chicago as the site of the 2017 DoD Warrior Games after a rigorous selection process that included seven locations across the country. Planning efforts will be coordinated by Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW)- Safe Harbor, the Navy’s lead wounded warrior program. NWW will name Chicago competition venues and establish an event schedule in the coming months.
The June 21 closing ceremony concluded a week of intense competition at the U.S. Military Academy. Team Navy, which included 37 athletes, took home a total of 65 medals, surpassing last year’s record-breaking 43 medals. The Navy athletes, who traveled to West Point from locations around the country, have upper-body and/or lower-body injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairments, serious illnesses and post-traumatic stress.
The team’s captain, Navy Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Ron Condrey, from Salisbury, North Carolina, described how he encouraged his teammates to stay positive and focused during the games. Condrey competed in archery, cycling and track events.
“Before the games started, I called a team meeting with just the athletes; no staff,” he said. “I wanted to instill in the athletes a sense of motivation, determination and teamwork. I told them, ‘Do this for yourselves and for the teammates around you, because we’re all in this together.'”
“We’re all battling something,” he added. “But we’re all here at the 2016 Warrior Games representing the Navy and representing ourselves. We need to be out there pushing and helping each other.”
The 2016 DoD Warrior Games – a Paralympic-style competition among wounded warriors from all branches of the military service – will take place June 15-21 at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. The Warrior Games were created in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors and to expose them to adaptive sports. Approximately 250 athletes will participate in eight sporting events, in representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command and the United Kingdom (U.K.) Armed Forces.
The Navy and Coast Guard honor the sacrifices of wounded warriors by providing them top-notch non-medical support through Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) – Safe Harbor. All enrollees in NWW are encouraged to make athletics a key component of their recovery efforts. By promoting wounded warrior participation in competitions like the DoD Warrior Games, NWW helps enrollees heal through sport.
Once again, NWW is sponsoring and facilitating Team Navy’s participation in the DoD Warrior Games. The team was selected after the competitive Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials in February at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The team includes service members and veterans with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress. Click here to meet the members of Team Navy.
This year will mark the second time the DoD will take responsibility for the operational planning and coordination of the event; the U.S. Army is serving as the lead.
For more information visit http://warriorgames.dodlive.mil/
The goal of the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor family symposium is to hear directly from the families of enrollees about their experiences since learning of their loved one’s injury or illness. Their testimonials will help improve the delivery of non-medical care services nationally and in the local regions to current and future program enrollees and their families. The next family symposium will take place in Navy Region Mid-Atlantic on June 3 at the Holiday Inn Oceanside in Virginia Beach.
When: Friday, June 3 at 8:30 a.m.
Continental breakfast will be provided. Wounded Warrior and Caregiver Resource Fair immediately following at 17th Street Park during the Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival.
Where: Holiday Inn Oceanside
2101 Atlantic Ave. Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Who: Who should attend? Wounded Warriors, Family Members, Caregivers, Medical Professionals (physicians, nurse case managers, social workers involved in Navy Wounded Warrior – Enlisted Sailors and USCG personnel.
Details: Pre-registration is required. Please call 757-444-6999 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
United States active-duty and retired service members will participate in the Invictus Games May 8 – 12, 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. This is the second rendition of the multi-national games hosted by Prince Harry; the concept for the event was inspired by the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs at which Prince Harry was a distinguished visitor. Approximately 500 athletes from 15 invited countries will participate; there will be 115 athletes from the U.S. The athletes will participate in archery, cycling, indoor rowing, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair racing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
On the U.S. team, 19 athletes from the Navy and Coast Guard will compete. The wounded warrior athletes have upper-body, lower-body and spinal cord injuries; serious illnesses; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; and post-traumatic stress disorder. The team members were selected after demonstrating their abilities at adaptive sports camps, invitational competitions and, in some cases, the Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials. All of the Navy and Coast Guard athletes are enrolled in Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) – Safe Harbor, the Navy’s sole wounded warrior support program. Find us at Navy Wounded Warrior on Facebook and Instagram, and on Twitter @navywounded. For more information on Invictus visit: http://invictusgames2016.org/
Click here to view the athlete bios: 2016 Athlete Bios
ESPN will begin its 40+ hours of coverage of the Invictus Games 2016 with the Opening Ceremony from Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., live on ESPN2 on Sunday, May 8, at 8 p.m. Click here to view the coverage schedule.
Please take time to read our second Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter for 2016. This edition includes some great information on the Navy chaplain core program, Invictus Games, summer camp resources, Navy Region Hawaii family symposium, caregiver highlights and a letter from our leadership!