Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor kicked off its 2015 adaptive sports program with an introductory clinic Jan. 16-18 at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif.
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.”
Learn more about adaptive sports and the recent clinic!
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.
This week, Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor enrollee Navy Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Christa Evans received the Sailor of the Year award from the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, a charitable organization that supports seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen.
In February 2014, Evans was assigned to VQ-4 at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. on the E-6 TACAMO squadron, and she was diagnosed with a very aggressive brain cancer. Evans was an outstanding Sailor at VQ-4, and she was awarded Sailor of the Quarter and Sailor of the Year. Her “can do” attitude has helped her fight each day and inspire other Sailors at San Antonio Military Medical Center, where she is receiving treatment. Evans has displayed strength and resiliency while undergoing aggressive medical intervention and has been an inspiration to many.
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.
You also may want to send an e-card via the National Military Families Association to say thank-you. Also, learn more about Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor’s family assistance program today!