Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez visits with Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) — Safe Harbor enrollee Yeoman 1st Class Theresa Brim and NWW Transition Care Coordinator Gary Simpson on July 27 at Naval Support Activity Bethesda.
Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez visited Naval Support Activity Bethesda on July 27 to discuss hiring and employment initiatives with seriously wounded, ill and injured service members. Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) – Safe Harbor Transition Care Coordinator Gary Simpson and NWW enrollee Yeoman 1st Class Theresa Brim had the distinct honor of meeting and speaking with the Secretary of Labor about Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Labor (DoL) hiring initiatives for disabled veterans.
One of the key topics of discussion involved the DoD Office of Warrior Care Policy initiative, Operation Warfighter (OWF), which is a DoD internship program that matches qualified wounded, ill and injured service members with non-funded federal internships, providing them valuable work experience during their recovery and rehabilitation. This program assists the service members’ reintegration to duty, or their transition into the civilian work environment, enabling them to employ their newly-acquired skills in a non-military work setting. The secretary and his staff lauded Simpson’s efforts in using the OWF program to secure an internship at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for Petty Officer Brim.
“Because Petty Officer Brim’s background is in investigations, I really tried to fit her with an internship involving research and analysis,” said Simpson. “The DIA provided the best opportunity for her to succeed in this area and for her to ultimately end up with employment after she is medically retired from the Navy.”
Simpson also briefed the secretary on how NWW transition coordinators use the DoL’s Disabled Veteran Outreach Program and local veterans’ employment representatives to obtain employment for transitioning Navy and Coast Guardsmen wounded warriors. The secretary was briefed on how his programs in the Virginia, Maryland, and D.C., areas interface with NWW’s initiatives concerning education, employment, and internships.
The inaugural Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick service members. The next Invictus Games will take place in Orlando, May 8 – 12, 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Team USA will be ready for the challenge!
Watch video of announcement here: https://t.co/3WH6I6P5YP
Team Navy is adding to its medal count at the 2015 DoD Warrior Games! Above is a photo of the bronze medal-winning archery (compound) team — which includes Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class John Dusseau, Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Roel Espino, and retired Navy Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Adrian Mohammed — posing with the Team Navy archery coach after the medal ceremony. Stay tuned for the latest news at the Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor Facebook page, and visit our DoD Warrior Games page for athlete biographies!
It has been a busy month at Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) — Safe Harbor, and many of our enrollees have been very busy, as well. But, enrollees, families and caregivers — please take time to read the latest installment of our Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter. There’s some great information in this edition! Ready more, too, about the family support provided by NWW.
Ida Malone helps her husband, Navy Chief Logistics Specialist Averill Malone, stretch before cycling during the Navy’s training camp at Naval Base Ventura County to prepare for the 2015 DoD Warrior Games. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)
Click here to view DoD News article about the Camp, as well as the Malone family story.
Two Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) – Safe Harbor enrollees – retired Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class James Holbrook and Chief Information System Technician Timothy Pearson – enjoyed a VIP breakfast with Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) Juan Garcia on May 19. The breakfast took place before the kickoff of the 2015 Department of the Navy Wounded Warrior & Veteran Hiring & Support Conference in San Antonio. During breakfast, the enrollees discussed the job search process and their goals for the future. Learn more about NWW employment and education support now!