Family Symposium is coming to the Mid-Atlantic Region on June 3

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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 bridget.elder@navy.mil for more information.

Meet the Navy Wounded Warriors competing in the 2016 Invictus Games

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.

The Quarterly Family Newsletter has arrived!

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!

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Navy Wounded Warrior is now seeking Commercial Sponsors

Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) – Safe Harbor is the Navy’s lead organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and providing resources and support to their families and caregivers.

The program encompasses adaptive sports as a major component of a wounded warrior’s journey to recovery. The healing power of sports allows a recovering service member to experience a sense of normalcy and has the ability to positively impact the wounded warrior and their families. Throughout the year the program offers introductory camps, specific sports clinics, training camps, trials and the annual DOD Warrior Games.

NWW also hosts wounded warrior family symposiums. The goal of these events is to hear directly from the families of Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor enrollees about their experiences – their ups and their downs – since learning of their loved one’s illness or injury. Additionally, the symposiums offer families a wonderful opportunity to connect with others who share their struggles. NWW family symposium are held each year in regions throughout the Navy. 

NWW commercial sponsorship opportunities are available for adaptive sports, family symposiums and wounded warrior special events. Your financial support helps us provide opportunities for wounded warriors. For information about corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities with NWW please contact navywoundedwarrior@gmail.com

Wounded Warriors Take Part in Invictus Games Celebrations

Navy Wounded Warriors, Retired Coast Guard Yeoman 3rd Class Kristen Esget, Retired Navy Airman Sadie Strong and Retired Navy Legalman 1st Class Shahnaz Askins participate in a prestigious Invictus celebration event March 16 at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.

Navy Wounded Warriors Retired Coast Guard Yeoman 3rd Class Kristen Esget, Retired Navy Airman Sadie Strong and Retired Navy Legalman 1st Class Shahnaz Askins participate in a prestigious Invictus celebration event March 16 at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.

Two retired Sailors and one retired Coast Guardsman were among the wounded warrior athletes invited to attend a prestigious event March 16 at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.

The event coincided with a video announcement from Britain’s Prince Harry that Canada will host the 2017 Invictus Games. The star-studded reception was attended by wounded warrior athletes from other branches of the U.S. military and other countries, as well as British, Canadian and U.S. senior officials; celebrities; and the media.

“2017 is a year steeped in rich Canadian military history,” said Prince Harry. “I cannot think of a better way to mark this milestone than by paying tribute to the soldiers and veterans who have served their country so bravely, and to support them along their journey to recovery.”

“You really will not want to miss this,” he added.

March 16 also marked the 50-day countdown to the 2016 Invictus Games, which will kick off May 8 in Orlando, Fla. The Invictus Games are the world’s only international adaptive sporting event for seriously wounded, ill and injured service members. Earlier this month, the Department of Defense publicly released the 115-person 2016 Team USA roster, which includes 18 Sailors and Coast Guardsmen.

“I am who I am now because I’m part of a team that has changed my life,” said retired Yeoman 3rd Class Kristin Esget, who will be the first female U.S. Coast Guardsman to compete at the Invcitus Games. “They have taught me that I am injured but not broken. I’ve learned to stay strong, because being strong is the only choice I have.”

Esget’s Navy teammates echoed her sentiments, and they discussed how excited they were to take part in the celebrations at the Canadian Embassy.

“The announcement made it real for us!” exclaimed retired Legalman 1st Class Shahnaz Askins. Retired Navy Airman Sadie Strong said she was really looking forward to meeting other wounded warrior athletes from different countries.

All three wounded warrior athletes are enrolled in Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) – Safe Harbor, the Navy and Coast Guard’s support program for wounded warriors and their families. Adaptive sports – athletics activities modified to meet the needs of those with disabilities – are among the many services provided by NWW.

Canadian actor Mike Myers gave an emotional speech at the event at the Canadian Embassy, sharing stories about his parents’ experiences while serving the Canadian military.

“I am inspired to help generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country, as well as their families and caregivers,” said Myers.

To learn more about the Invictus Games – and to access a complete Team USA roster – visit www.invictusgames2016.org.

 

 

 

 

 

ASN Helps Kick Off 2016 Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials

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Hon. Franklin R. Parker, Assistant secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserves Affairs, participated in wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball alongside the wounded warrior athletes and also spent time with their families during the Pacific Navy Trials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Pearl Harbor (NNS) – The Feb. 20 launch of the 2016 Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials – which are hosted by Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor (NWW) – was followed the next day by a visit from The Honorable Franklin Parker, assistant secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

The trials, which also are supported by U.S. Pacific Fleet, bring together 50 seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from all over the county for competitive adaptive sports and recreation. During his special visit on Feb. 21, Parker participated in wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball alongside the wounded warrior athletes and also spent time with their families.

“This year’s trials is our fourth event on the beautiful island of Hawaii and we are excited to be here with our athletes supporting them as they compete for a spot on Team Navy,” said NWW Adaptive Sports and Recreation Lead Megan Haydel. “This event helps wounded warriors with their recovery and rehabilitation, and nearly 20 of our athletes are brand new to the adaptive sports program. Watching them try these events for the first time is very exciting and inspirational.”

NWW coordinates the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and provides resources and support to their families. NWW offers individually-tailored assistance to ensure enrollees’ successful recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.

Adaptive sports – athletic activities that are modified to meet abilities of injured or ill individuals – are an essential component of their recovery and rehabilitation plans. In addition to the many new faces at the event, this year’s competition includes 15 female wounded warrior athletes – more than ever before.

“This is my third trials, and it is going great. I started with shooting today and I am trying to move on to the next level, Olympic-style competition shooting,” said retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Roel Espino, who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a motorcycle accident, and is currently based in Hawaii. “One of the benefits to attending the trials is being around people I can relate to. I find it very therapeutic and rewarding.”

The wounded warrior athletes will spend the first few days of the competition practicing their chosen sports, which may include swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, shooting, archery, and cycling. The wounded warriors are preparing for the formal trials competition which is set to begin Feb. 24 with swimming.

Each athlete is vying for a slot on the Team Navy roster and advancement to the annual joint-service Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games. This year’s DoD Warrior Games will take place June 14-22 at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Hundreds of local spectators are expected to attend the Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials, which are taking place at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Iolani School in Honolulu.

“I am hoping to make the team and head to West Point to participate in the Warrior Games,” said Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Michael Dayton, who was injured on deployment in 2007 when he sustained burns while fixing a pump in an engine room. “This is my extended family and it is great to see so many new and young NWW enrollees. This means the word is getting out about the program and all the support they provide to wounded warriors.”

“Adaptive sports is great for physical rehabilitation, however it is not just about the sports. It is also a form of therapy. I find it relaxing to talk about my disability with fellow enrollees who are going through similar situations. I don’t feel judged. I feel like people understand me here,” he added.

The wounded warrior athletes at the trials are active-duty and retired service members with upper-body, lower-body and spinal cord injuries; serious illnesses; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; and post-traumatic stress.

“This is my first trials competition and I am really enjoying myself. I feel motivated to try my best,” said Retired Navy Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jason Reyes, who suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident four years ago. “My favorite part about today was seeing everyone come together during the wheelchair basketball practice and just have fun despite their injury or illness.”

Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor would like to thank the 2016 Pacific Navy Trial sponsors, Deloitte, USAA and Veterans United Home Loans of Hawaii. Their support helped make the Trials an enjoyable event for our wounded warrior athletes and their families and caregivers. The Department of the Navy does not endorse any company, sponsor or their products or services.

For the latest news about the trials, follow NWW on Facebook (www.facebook.com/navywoundedwarrior), Twitter (@navywounded) and Instagram (Navy Wounded Warrior). Visit www.safeharbor.navylive.dodolive.mil or call 855-628-9997 to learn more about NWW and the benefits of adaptive sports.

 

 

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