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.