Get Online!: The #WarriorCare Month Facebook Town Hall

A flyer for the Warrior Care Month Facebook Town Hall.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!

Join Us!: NDW Wounded Warrior Family Symposium

A flyer for the NDW Wounded Warrior Family Symposium.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.

Warrior Care Month 2014 is Underway!

The Warrior Care Month 2014 logo (Facebook profile picture).Today marks the kick-off of Warrior Care Month, an annual effort to increase awareness of resources available to wounded, ill and injured service members, their families, and those who care for them. This year’s theme, “A Show of Strength,” recognizes the fortitude and resiliency that seriously wounded, ill and injured service members exhibit during their journey toward recovery.

To show your support for Warrior Care Month, we urge you to change your Facebook profile picture to the Warrior Care Month logo (above). Please also be sure to follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter (@navysafeharbor; #WarriorCare and #ShowofStrength).

Throughout the month, numerous events that honor wounded warriors will take place in regions throughout the country. Here in Naval District Washington, several events may be of particular interest to local wounded warriors, their families, staff members at government agencies and nonprofit organizations, medical professionals, and others who assist wounded warriors. Stay tuned for more information about them!

Nov. 6: Regional Wounded Warrior Family Symposium
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (USO); 9 a.m.
Hear from local wounded warriors and their families about the challenges they have faced during recovery.

Nov. 12: Warrior Care Policy Facebook Town Hall
Check for more detail!

Nov. 20: Wounded Warrior Sitting Volleyball Tournament
Pentagon Athletic Center; NOON
Watch members of the gold medal-winning Navy team go head-to-head against other services!

Nov. 20: Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Expo
Pentagon (Apex 1-2/2nd Floor); 10 a.m.
View artwork, listen to music and experience other forms of therapy for wounded warriors.

We hope to see you at some of these events!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month poster.Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

NDEAM’s roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.” Upon its establishment in 2001, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since.

Disability employment is an issue of particular importance to Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) — Safe Harbor, which helps seriously wounded, ill and injured service members and their caregivers find employment. Though they may face obstacles that others do not, our wounded warriors make valuable contributions to the workforce. Learn more about NWW’s employment and education assistance program now.

The Eighth Edition of the Family Newsletter!

A photo of the front page of the eighth edition of the Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter.The eighth edition of the Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter is here! This edition focuses primarily on national news, but it does include a heart-warming story from Naval District Washington. One item featured in the newsletter is particularly exciting: The  new Joining Forces initiative — the Caregiver PEER Forum. Learn more about it, as well as many other helpful resources, today!

Adaptive Athletics Calendar

A Navy adaptive athletics poster that features events occuring throughout the rest of 2014.Have you seen the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor adaptive athletics calendar poster? It includes all of the major adaptive sports events taking place during the remainder of 2014. Wondering if adaptive athletics is right for you? Want to follow the progress of our wounded warrior athletes? Learn more by visiting our Facebook page or reaching out to our adaptive athletics support staff. Go #TeamNavy!

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