Two members of Team Navy — retired Navy Builder Constructionman Roy “Dan” Peters and Navy Chief Gunner’s Mate Jeannette Tarqueno (pictured above, with her father) — took home gold in shot put at the 2013 Valor Games Midwest. The Valor Games Midwest – which took place in Chicago Aug. 12-14 – brought together disabled veterans and wounded, ill or injured service members and engaged them in three days of Paralympic sport competition. Learn more about the Valor Games and adaptive athletic reconditioning now.
The term “family” can mean many things: a spouse, a parent, a relative, a significant other, or a friend. However they are defined, the families of wounded, ill, and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen are critically important. Without their selfless dedication, Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor enrollees would not likely be so successful in their recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities.
Are you aware of the many services Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) – Safe Harbor provides the families of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen? From bringing relatives bedside, to arranging child care, to assisting spouses with employment issues, NWW works to alleviate any additional stress that families and caregivers may experience after a major life change. Check out the Family Assistance page to learn more.
Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Owens — a wounded warrior battling ALS who is based in Bellevue, Wash. — recently met with the Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp, who reached out to Owens prior to his visit for a retirement ceremony. Owens said: “Part of [my discussion with the Commandant] included a detailed description of Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor’s unrelenting determination and outstanding accomplishments in my case!” Owens is an inspiration for all of us!
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.
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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