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.”
Be sure to take time this month to read the ninth edition of our Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter, which tackles timely topics such as Warrior Care Month, Military Family Month, scholarships, and more! Don’t miss the introductory letter from Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor Director Capt. Brent Breining, who invites you to help us spread the word about our program and warrior care. Check it out now!
Please join us Nov. 12 for a Warrior Care Month Facebook Town Hall event! Our very own Lt. Chet Frith will serve as a panelist, and he will answer questions and provide tips for remaining strong. Frith currently serves as a Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor non-medical care manager, and he is a wounded warrior, as well. He can share experiences from his ongoing recovery journey, and also discuss some of the top issues facing the seriously wounded, ill and injured service members he helps on a daily basis. Mark your calendar and get connected at www.facebook.com/navysafeharbor!
Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor’s third regional Wounded Warrior Family Symposium will take place at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Nov. 6. Wounded warriors and family members or caregivers from the region will share their stories, detailing the challenges they have faced throughout the recovery process. The symposium is open to the public, and it likely will be attended by local medical professionals, family support services staff, and others who can learn from the testimonials provided and the resources available at the event. If you are in the area, please join us! The stories of our wounded warriors and their families are inspirational and eye-opening.
If you cannot attend, learn more about the family support services available through Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor now.