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Photo of the Week: Warrior of the Year

A photo of a wounded warrior receiving the Warrior of the Year award.Retired Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Owens, a Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor enrollee, received the 2013 Warrior of the Year award Feb. 24 at the Navy Region Northwest Wounded Warrior Family Symposium. The award was created by the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation to recognize a recovering service member who personifies the term “warrior,” demonstrating bravery and determination.

Owens discovered he had Almyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Disease in October 2010 while stationed in Alameda, Calif., as the Pacific Area Staff Judge Advocate for the Coast Guard. At time of diagnosis, he was given an 18-month life expectancy; after receiving a second opinion, his prognosis was extended to anywhere between three to five years. He transferred to the Coast Guard District 13 Legal Office in Seattle to be closer to his extended family. He and his wife Sherri have a daughter, Samantha Sarah-Jayne Owens. Owens retired from the Coast Guard in November. Sherri is still able to work outside the home while Owens receives 40 hours per week of home healthcare aid through TRICARE. His life’s mission until he passes away is to ensure his family will be fully cared for and to help fellow shipmates who suffer from unexpected illnesses or injuries.

Learn more about the Wounded Warrior Family Symposium.

Photo of the Week: A Canine Companion

A wounded warrior is joined by his non-medical care manager as he receives his new service dog.Retired Navy Steelworker 2nd Class Matthew Craig, a Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor enrollee based in Navy Region Southeast, receieved his new service dog on Feb. 8. The dog, named Amigo, was trained to assist Craig with issues related to traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder by Joan Moss and Janell Stone-Pritzaku from Operation K9. The organization hosted Craig at a dog training facility in San Antonio, Tex., providing lodging and food while he and Amigo became acquainted with one another. Stone-Pritzaku threw a party for Craig at her home when Amigo was finally awarded to his new owner. Craig’s non-medical care manager, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chris “Riggs” Burks (pictured above with Craig and Amigo), who connected Craig to Operation K9, also joined the celebration.

Mark Your Calendar: Northwest Wounded Warrior Family Symposium

Do you work at Naval Base Kitsap? Be sure to check out our upcoming Wounded Warrior Family Symposium! It will be an informative, engaging event. Learn more now about Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor’s family assistance program.

A flyer for the Navy Region Northwest Wounded Warrior Family Symposium.

Raiders for Wounded Warriors Make a Big Impact

A photo of volunteers at the 2014 Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational.A local high school club, Raiders for Wounded Warriors, is providing a great deal of support during the Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational and to the seriously wounded, ill and injured service members participating in the event.

The Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational is a joint-service adaptive athletics competition for wounded warriors hosted by Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor and Navy Region Hawaii. It is taking place in Honolulu Jan. 8-10, 2014.

The Raiders for Wounded Warriors includes approximately 30 student volunteers enrolled at Iolani High School, which served as the venue for the track and field and swim meets. The volunteers are helping set up for the meets and providing any assistance that’s needed as the competitions unfold – from transporting wheelchairs to moving equipment.

Perhaps most importantly, they are cheering on the wounded warriors and encouraging their fellow students to do the same.

“These service members have volunteered to step in the line of fire and some have paid a price for that,” said club secretary Reece Araka, a senior at Iolani High School. “It just gives me so much joy to see them running around the track and throwing at the field.”

The club is sponsored by retired Army colonel Richard Rankin, and it includes 8th through 12th grade students, some of whom have parents or relatives in the military. The Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational has been the club’s primary focus to date, but the students also are volunteering at the local Fisher House.

The club continues to grow, said Araka, and this week’s event has really energized the student volunteers.

“Just volunteering a day or a school period is so minimal when you compare it to what the wounded warriors have given,” he said.

Thank you, Raiders for Wounded Warriors, for your incredible support! (Above: Rankin (left) and Araka (right)) Visit our Press Room page for more news stories!

Photo of the Week: Wheelchair Basketball Practice

Navy wounded warrior athletes enjoy a wheelchair basketball practice in advance of the Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational.The training camp for the Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational is underway. Team Navy is having an awesome time in Navy Region Hawaii. Learn more about this great event and adaptive athletics! #WarriorInvitational

Join Us: The 2014 Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational

A flyer promoting the 2014 Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational.Do you live in Navy Region Hawaii? Please join us at the 2014 Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational Jan. 8-10 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and Iolani High School! Watch Navy and Coast Guard wounded warriors go head-to-head against recovering service members from the Air Force, Army, Marines, and Special Operations Command. It will be an event to remember!

Learn more NOW. Hope to see you there!

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