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!
A Commander, Navy Installations Command chaplain, Cmdr. Philip King, gave a very moving invocation at the start of this week’s Warrior Care Month special observance event. We urge you to take time to enjoy the beautiful prayer below. Thank you, Chaplain!
Please join me in prayer…
By your power great God, our Sailors & Marines, Soldiers, Coast Guardsmen and Airmen find the will to win and overcome adversity under the most arduous of circumstances in training and combat; our families forge love out of the flint of hard separations and sacrifices made in the name of our Nation and her precious principles.
This November we ask you to kindle that fire of commitment within us as we consecrate Warrior Care Month; a time when we remember our abiding responsibility to reflect on the team and family that is the US Navy, and how we care for those injured, ill and wounded in our midst. We give thanks for the caregivers standing among us today, the people and organizations who set the gold standard for all of us.
We are uniquely privileged Lord, to stand with the exemplars of our profession; those warriors whose strength and service epitomizes the deep convictions of honor courage and commitment we value as our guiding beliefs.
What guidance could be more appropriate than aiding and honoring your power in the struggles of our recovering wounded?; who with their families daily fight the war of reclamation and survival; these men and women have sacrificed portions of themselves in service to America, and while some have been wounded in battle, and others possess battle wounds that came to them though disease or injury, it is our sacred duty to leave no man or woman behind. So we seek to stand with the caregivers, the family and friends who often face a lonely and thankless trial measured in their loving care for these men and women; love demonstrated in a few steps taken, or a few minutes endured through chronic pain.
These heroes stand among us and serve beside us with distinction. They are our Brothers and Sisters; Empower them, and us to stand with them upholding one another in the power of your mighty love.