Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
Many seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen who have separated from military service are part of the disabled workforce. The challenges they face in their daily lives do not diminish their ability to make important professional contributions. Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) – Safe Harbor provides employment assistance to help these wounded warriors meet their potential and find new professional purpose.
A wounded warrior’s successful transition out of military service depends, in large part, upon whether he or she can find meaningful employment and continue providing for their families. NWW connects its enrollees – and their family members – to a host of education resources and career counseling services, from assisting with job applications, to identifying vocational training opportunities, to sharing direct employer contacts.
Visit our Employment and Education page to learn more about the services offered by NWW. For more information about National Disability Employment Awareness Month visit http://www.dol.gov/odep/.
Sailors and Coast Guardsmen stationed in the Pacific Northwest participated in a Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor project Aug. 17. The service members provided assistance in helping the Owens family with yard work and staining a wrap-around deck.
“I am not able to do these tasks out here today, and they are too great for my wife to do, so we really needed the help of these service members here today,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Owens, who also served in the Navy.
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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.
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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On June 10, 2013, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard reaffirmed their pledge to provide non-medical care to seriously wounded, ill and injured service members. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Maura Dollymore, director of Health, Safety and Work-life, and Mr. Edward Cannon, director of the Navy’s Fleet and Family Readiness program, signed a modification to the Memorandum of Agreement between the services, which included a new commitment from the Coast Guard to provide direct manpower support and to help increase awareness of the program. The initial agreement between the Navy and Coast Guard took place on April 1, 2009 via the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant.
Navy Lt. Megan Haydel, who oversees the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor adaptive athletics program, authored a blog post for Navy Live. It is excerpted below:
“People sometimes ask me what adaptive sports are all about. It’s a buzz phrase you often hear in discussions about warrior care. What exactly does it mean? And, more specifically, what does it mean to service members who are seriously wounded, ill or injured?
Adaptive sports are athletic activities modified to meet the abilities of injured or ill individuals. Virtually any sport – from archery, to surfing, to playing basketball in wheelchairs – can be adapted. Adaptive sports are considered some of the most useful tools in promoting recovery among wounded warriors.”
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