At the conclusion of the 2012 Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials in November, the Team Navy-Coast Guard roster was announced. To access the latest roster, which includes 35 accomplished wounded warrior athletes, visit our 2013 Warrior Games page!
Above: Retired Coast Guard Lt. Sancho Johnson — who was named a member of Team Navy-Coast Guard — gives it his all during track and field practice.
Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor was so pleased to recieve the following note from one of our enrollees:
There was a Plan of the Day (POD) notice on my ship about the wounded warrior program and November being warrior care month. This email address was also in the note as a POC. I just wanted to say thank you very much for all that you have done. I was hurt pretty badly in Pakistan in 2006 and this program took care of my wife and I. I am currently still registered in the safe harbor program. There is no way that we would have been able to be where we are now without your program. Since the incident, I am now a commissioned officer and father of two boys. We owe so much to your program, so I just wanted to say thank you and send you a success story of your wonderful program.
As we close out Warrior Care Month, it serves as a wonderful reminder of why it is essential to provide the very best care to our seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen.
Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III spoke passionately about wounded warrior care at the third annual Navy Safe Harbor Foundation Veterans Day Luncheon Nov. 9 at the Army-Navy Club in Washington, D.C.
“I can’t overstate the importance of the work of the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation,” said Ferguson. “This organization, and others like it, offers wounded warriors a chance to reshape their lives. It fills a critical void when government resources are no longer available.”
Ferguson noted that warrior care is a personal issue for him, and he briefly discussed his experience recovering from cancer several years ago. He expressed the vital importance of providing non-medical support to wounded warriors and their families during recovery from a serious illness or injury.
Ferguson was joined at the event by Coast Guard Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown, deputy commandant for mission support. Brown echoed Ferguson’s support for seriously wounded, ill and injured service members.
“To our wounded warriors, I just want to tell you that we love you, and that American is standing behind you,” he said.
The luncheon was attended by 140 guests, including military leadership, Department of Defense representatives, corporate sponsors and four wounded warriors. Proceeds from the event will benefit Navy and Coast Guard wounded warriors in myriad ways – from supporting their participation in adaptive athletics opportunities to funding respite care for family members.
Forty-three seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from across the country are attending the inaugural Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials, which kicked off Nov. 12 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
During the trials – which are hosted by Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) – wounded warrior athletes will compete for a place on the 2013 Warrior Games Navy-Coast Guard team. The final team roster will be presented during a ceremony aboard the USS Missouri Nov. 16.
Last week, the NWW director, Capt. Steve Hall, paid a visit to Non-medical Care Managers and wounded warriors at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He also participated in the third-annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference, themed “Hiring Our Nation’s Heroes — Rise to the Challenge! Diversify Your Workforce!”
Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor Non-medical Care Manager Lt. Cmdr. Chris Burks (left) recently spent time with one of his enrollees, Lt. Schuyler Werner (right) and his new service dog. The dog, Rocky, currently is being trained by Operation K-9 in San Antonio, Texas to provide support for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Rocky will be trained for seven months, and then he will be given to the Werner family.