On Nov. 20, two Navy wounded warriors — Chief Logistics Specialist Averill Malone and Damage Controlman 1st Class Anthony Timbers — took part in the first-ever Rehabilitation Expo at the Pentagon, where they displayed the artwork they have created during their recovery journeys. Timbers, who suffers from various issues associated by seperate shipboard and liberty accidents, expresses himself through graphic artwork and poetry. Above is a moving poem he created about disability, and how his own disabilities have impacted him and his interactions with others. The poem provides an intimate look at the emotions many wounded warriors grapple with on a daily basis. Learn more about Warrior Care Month and the Rehabiliation Expo now.
On Monday, Nov. 10, Quilts of Honor were presented to seriously wounded, ill and injured service members during a special ceremony at Mount Vernon. The mission of the Quilts of Honor organization is to bestow a token of thanks, solace and remembrance to those who serve in harm’s way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms. After receiving their quilts, three Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor enrollees bestowed a wreath on George Washington’s tomb (from left to right above: Navy Chief Logistics Specialist Averill Malone, Navy Yeoman 2nd Class Teresa Brim, Navy Hospital Corpsman First Class Andrea Goode and a Navy ceremonial guard member).
November is Warrior Care Month, but it marks another special event, as well. Each year the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month. This annual proclamation kicks off a month-long celebration of military families led by the Department of Defense.
Throughout the month, military families serving around the world are honored through a variety of observances and recognized for the many contributions they make every day in support of the military and our nation. From family fun nights to fun runs, from shopping discounts to community dinners – there are a host of special recognitions to choose from. Contact your local MWR or family services offices to learn more about events scheduled in your area.
Today marks an important holiday: Veterans Day. It’s a day to honor everyone who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and, at Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor, it’s an opportunity to pause and pay special thanks to our seriously wounded, ill and injured service members. Please join us in thanking all service members, including our wounded warriors, for their dedication to our nation.
Be sure to take time this month to read the ninth edition of our Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter, which tackles timely topics such as Warrior Care Month, Military Family Month, scholarships, and more! Don’t miss the introductory letter from Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor Director Capt. Brent Breining, who invites you to help us spread the word about our program and warrior care. Check it out now!
Please join us Nov. 12 for a Warrior Care Month Facebook Town Hall event! Our very own Lt. Chet Frith will serve as a panelist, and he will answer questions and provide tips for remaining strong. Frith currently serves as a Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor non-medical care manager, and he is a wounded warrior, as well. He can share experiences from his ongoing recovery journey, and also discuss some of the top issues facing the seriously wounded, ill and injured service members he helps on a daily basis. Mark your calendar and get connected at www.facebook.com/navysafeharbor!