October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month; please join Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor in recognizing this important event. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Groups of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.
For specific ideas about how you can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit the ODEP website at www.dol.gov/odep/. Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities — every day of every month.
To learn more about how Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor encourages wounded warriors and their caregivers to find employment and pursue education opportunities, click here.
The Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor program realigned from Total Force Requirements Division (OPNAV N12) to Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) effective Oct. 1. The program has become N95, a department of Fleet and Family Readiness Program (N9) within CNIC.
“Caring for our wounded warriors is among the Navy’s top priorities and I am extremely honored to assume responsibility for such a critically important program,” said Vice Adm. William D. French, commander, Navy Installations Command, about the realignment. “Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor joins a host of other programs within N9 providing essential support to the fleet, fighter, and family.”
Learn more about this exciting transition now!
In commemoration of the Month of the Military Child, Navy Safe Harbor has released the second edition of the Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter. It is full of useful information focused on the children and youth of our seriously wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families, including details on camps and retreats; scholarship opportunities; and helpful kits and online resources.
Check out the new edition today!
For more information about the Month of the Military Child, visit the U.S. Department of Defense.
The commander of Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA) met with a Navy wounded warrior who recently secured a promising internship opportunity at NAVSEA.
Master Chief Personnel Specialist Rodney R. Williams Sr., who will retire from the Navy in August, began working as a senior disability analyst intern at NAVSEA last month. He reports to the disability program manager, with whom he is developing and implementing NAVSEA’s corporate talent acquisition and placement strategy for individuals with targeted disabilities.
“I fully applaud creating job opportunities for wounded warriors like Master Chief Williams who are transitioning out of service,” said Vice Adm. Kevin M. McCoy, commander, NAVSEA. “Many of these men and women want to feel like they are still part of a team. As employers, we have to find the right fit for them; we need to match the job to the wounded warrior, and not the other way around.”
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Above: (From left to right) Rear Adm. (Select) Annie B. Andrews, Master Chief Personnel Specialist Rodney R. Williams Sr., Vice Adm. Kevin M. McCoy, and Command Master Chief Evelyn “Vonn” Banks at NAVSEA.
The Navy Safe Harbor Family Newsletter is here! This new resources provides families and caregivers of seriously wounded, ill, and injured service members access to a host of helpful tools and opportunities. It will be published at least quarterly, and it will include timely announcements, spotlights on helpful charitable resource organizations, and information on key dates and deadlines.
Families and caregivers are absolutely essential sources of support support during the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of wounded warriors. Navy Safe Harbor aims to relieve some of the stress and confusion that can accompany that critical and often lengthy process. The Family Newsletter is only one of the many services the program provides the families and caregivers of wounded warriors.
To access the newsletter, visit the Family Newsletter page or email email@example.com to have it sent directly to your inbox.
Last week, Navy Safe Harbor began administering its annual Enrollee Survey and Caregiver Survey to evaluate those groups’ satisfaction with the program and determine ways to improve wounded warrior support services.
“As we kick off 2012, I can’t think of a more appropriate time to check the pulse of our seriously wounded, ill, and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, as well as their families,” said Capt. Bernie Carter, director of Navy Safe Harbor. “We always are eager to enhance our program, and their responses to the survey will inform our approach to caring for wounded warriors in the New Year and beyond.”
The surveys are being administered during the course of eight weeks, and results will be publicly released in approximately six months.
Visit the Press Room for more details.