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!
Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor is pleased to announce the 2014 #TeamNavy roster! Forty seriously wounded, ill and injured Navy athletes will represent the Navy at the 2014 Warrior Games this fall.
The athletes were evaluated during the Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials, which took place May 31-June 7 in Norfolk, Va. During the event, sixty-five Team Navy hopefuls faced off in the seven sports – archery, cycling, seated volleyball, shooting, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball – that will be contested during the Warrior Games.
(Above photo courtesy of Chris Roxas and FootStomp.com)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after a traumatic event, such as combat experiences, sexual assault, a serious accident and much more. Experts estimate that between 11 and 20 percent of people who served in the military on or after Sept. 11, 2001 have PTSD. Still, too little is known and understood about this condition. Below is a story that may shed some light on the PTSD experience:
Meet Frank. Frank served our country in Vietnam. Before the war, he had been a happy person, but he rarely smiled once he came home. For many years, Frank didn’t talk about Vietnam, thinking he would spare people. He started drinking more. He had a short temper, and had to have his back to the wall in restaurants because he kept thinking someone was after him. He couldn’t hold a job or have a successful relationship. He just felt that something was wrong. Frank didn’t realize it, but he was having many of the symptoms of PTSD.
“It was nice to know there was a reason for what I was doing.”
Frank went to the VA, where he was diagnosed with PTSD and given treatment and support. He’s doing much better now.
“I would definitely recommend any veteran go and get help.”
For another perspective on PTSD, read about Navy Lt. Chet Frith, a Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor non-medical care manager. Be sure to access the Mental Health Resources page on this website, and check out the National Center for PTSD.
Please join us in shedding light on this condition, and encouraging those who need help to seek it!
The 2014 Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials (#TeamNavy) will kick off June 1 at Naval Station Norfolk. If you are in the area, please stop by! Be sure to check out the page on this website dedicated to the event — it features an event program and the latest schedule (which may change occasionally due to inclement weather). Check in regularly for the latest news and information; you also are encouraged to learn more about the event by following us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/navysafeharbor). Additionally, you may want to download the FREE Eventbase smart phone application; search “Navy WG Trials” to get an updated schedule and directions at your fingertips all week long!
See you in the stands!
Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor recently released the seventh edition of its Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter; this edition is focused on military caregiver support. As usual, there are several different versions of the newsletter, which include region-specific information and resources. Check out the current and past editions today!
We are less than one month away from the kick off of the 2014 Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials in Norfolk, Va! It will be the largest adaptive athletics event ever hosted by the Navy. More than 70 seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen will battle for a spot on Team Navy 2014. Most importantly, they will reach another milestone along their path to recovery and enjoy a week of camaraderie and friendly competition.
Learn more now! If you live in the Norfolk area, be sure to stop by to cheer on the wounded warrior athletes!