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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!

Photo of the Week: WWE’s Tribute to the Troops

A photo of a Navy wounded warrior and a professional wrestler at an autograph session.World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) athletes visited seriously wounded, ill and injured service members at Naval Base Kitsap – Bremerton as part of the WWE’s Tribute to the Troops effort. On Dec. 11, Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor enrollees met with some of the professional wrestlers for a private autograph session. Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Larry Westerfield particularly enjoyed posing for a photo with wrestler Ryback (above).

Reminder: Keep What You’ve Earned!

A graphic for the Navy's Keep What You've Earned campaign.Good advice to keep in mind this holiday season: Don’t spoil holiday cheer with too many beers. Drink responsibly this holiday season. Plan ahead for a safe ride home. #drinkresponsibly

Photo of the Week: A Photo Montage

A photo montage of wounded warriors in Navy Region Southeast.Check out a wonderful collection of photos of seriously wounded, ill and injured service members recovering in Navy Region Southeast. Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor Non-medical Care Manager Lt. Cmdr. Chris “Riggs” Burks is pictured with an enrollee in the upper-left photo; he is based at the San Antonio Military Medical Center and is one of seven Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor representatives in the region.

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