Above: At the 2013 Warrior Games in May, retired Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Steve Miller, a member of Team Navy, proudly crossed the finish line after completing a grueling cycling course. Way to go, Team Navy!
Adaptive athletic reconditioning – athletic activities that are modified to meet the abilities of injured or ill individuals – are essential to the recuperation of wounded warriors. All enrollees in Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor are encouraged to make athletics a key component of their recovery and rehabilitation plans.
Learn more about the Warrior Games or adaptive athletic reconditioning today.
A Navy mother who volunteers on behalf of the Navy’s wounded warrior program visited recovering service members June 19 at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Yvonne Morrissette Lewis shared her story with Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor last week, describing why and how she helps wounded warriors and their families.
“When your loved one is sick, you don’t want to be put on hold,” she said. “You need to focus on helping your loved one get better, not waiting for what you need. That’s what I do – I step in to get these families what they need.”
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On June 10, 2013, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard reaffirmed their pledge to provide non-medical care to seriously wounded, ill and injured service members. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Maura Dollymore, director of Health, Safety and Work-life, and Mr. Edward Cannon, director of the Navy’s Fleet and Family Readiness program, signed a modification to the Memorandum of Agreement between the services, which included a new commitment from the Coast Guard to provide direct manpower support and to help increase awareness of the program. The initial agreement between the Navy and Coast Guard took place on April 1, 2009 via the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant.
At a ceremony at the Pentagon on May 22, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert awarded Lt. Brad Snyder a Bronze Star Medal with the Combat Distinguishing Device for Valor for his heroic efforts in Afghanistan as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team leader. Snyder, an enrollee in Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor, was blinded by an improvised explosive device in September 2011.
“Chester Nimitz said ‘uncommon valor was a common virtue’ of the U.S. Marines operating in the Pacific theater of World War II. The same can be said for EOD technicians working in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past twelve years,” said Snyder. “It is rare to see a Navy EOD technician without a Bronze Star on their chest, and I am honored to be counted among them. I wear mine in prideful representation of the amazing brothers I have had the opportunity to serve with.”
During the Warrior Games, Team Navy member Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Angelo Anderson (left) enjoyed an opportunity to mingle and pose for a photo with gold-medalists Missy Franklin (right) and Navy Lt. Brad Snyder (center). Anderson and Snyder were teammates during the 2012 Warrior Games and were excited to reunite!
Navy Lt. Megan Haydel, who oversees the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor adaptive athletics program, authored a blog post for Navy Live. It is excerpted below:
“People sometimes ask me what adaptive sports are all about. It’s a buzz phrase you often hear in discussions about warrior care. What exactly does it mean? And, more specifically, what does it mean to service members who are seriously wounded, ill or injured?
Adaptive sports are athletic activities modified to meet the abilities of injured or ill individuals. Virtually any sport – from archery, to surfing, to playing basketball in wheelchairs – can be adapted. Adaptive sports are considered some of the most useful tools in promoting recovery among wounded warriors.”
Read more now! And go Team Navy!