The 2015 adaptive sports calendar is now available! There are many great events scheduled in the coming months; please note the dates and location of the 2015 Warrior Games, which were recently announced. Get excited! Additional events may be added in the coming weeks, and, whenever that happens, the calendar will be updated. Please stay tuned!
The inaugural Navy Region Southeast Wounded Warrior Family Symposium is coming… mark your calendar! The goal of the event – which will take place Feb. 11 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville – is to hear directly from the families or caregivers of Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor enrollees about their experiences since learning of their loved one’s injury or illness.
“The testimonials provided by Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor families and caregivers during the symposium promise to be incredibly powerful. These symposiums help us improve the delivery of non-medical services to our enrollees, their families and caregivers,” said Director Capt. Brent Breining. “Their stories will resonate both locally and nationally, ensuring future wounded warriors receive even better care than those before them.”
If you are in the area, and you have base access, we hope to see you there! It should be a great event!
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.”
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.