“Enhancing the lives of wounded warriors” was the underlying theme during the Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor Adaptive Sports Clinic held Feb. 13-15 at Naval Station Mayport. Adaptive sports enhances the quality of life for people with disabilities through exceptional sports activities. The program is inclusive to families and friends, empower the participants in their daily lives and have a positive enduring effect on self-efficacy, health, independence and overall well-being. Learn more about the event now!
The tenth edition of the Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter is here! This quarter, we focus on PEER support coordinators (get the five Ws!), a survey opportunity, chaplain support, Navy Motion Picture Services accommodations for people with special needs (including wounded warriors), and more! Check it out today!
The 2015 adaptive sports calendar is now available! There are many great events scheduled in the coming months; please note the dates and location of the 2015 Warrior Games, which were recently announced. Get excited! Additional events may be added in the coming weeks, and, whenever that happens, the calendar will be updated. Please stay tuned!
The inaugural Navy Region Southeast Wounded Warrior Family Symposium is coming… mark your calendar! The goal of the event – which will take place Feb. 11 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville – is to hear directly from the families or caregivers of Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor enrollees about their experiences since learning of their loved one’s injury or illness.
“The testimonials provided by Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor families and caregivers during the symposium promise to be incredibly powerful. These symposiums help us improve the delivery of non-medical services to our enrollees, their families and caregivers,” said Director Capt. Brent Breining. “Their stories will resonate both locally and nationally, ensuring future wounded warriors receive even better care than those before them.”
If you are in the area, and you have base access, we hope to see you there! It should be a great event!
During the three-day event, 29 wounded warriors from across the country participated in sports that have been modified for people with serious illness and injuries. They tried out archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball.
“I was able to do things [at the clinic] that I thought that I couldn’t do,” said retired Navy Chief Logistics Specialist Leticia Baugher, who has experienced debilitating back problems since a 2013 deployment to Bahrain. “Seeing other athletes do things – especially the people confined to wheelchairs – motivated me to try new things. I really enjoyed meeting so many new people here – it was very motivational.”
As Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor kicks off 2015, it does so with a renewed commitment to our seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, as well as their families. The program handled more than 600 new cases in 2014 — more than ever before. In 2015, as awareness of the program continues to grow, Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor aims to reach as many Sailors and Coast Guardsmen in need as possible, and to continue providing them the gold-standard of care.