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.
“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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Retired Aviation Electrician’s Mate Steven Davis, a member of Team Navy, engaged in friendly verbal sparring with Britain’s Prince Harry during a seated volleyball exhibition match at the kick off of the Warrior Games May 11. This week, 35 accomplished wounded warrior athletes are competing on behalf of Team Navy in archery, cycling, seated volleyball, shooting, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball.
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A retired Navy lieutenant who was injured after instructing a training flight in 2009, shared his employment success story during an interview Feb. 15.
David Landeros, an aviator who retired from the Navy Jan. 1, was hired through the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Wounded Warrior Program in late 2012. He now serves as a program analyst at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., where he is working to procure aircraft for the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
“Being in the Navy, there are tools that you work with every day, and you never think about how they get to you,” Landeros said. “I love knowing that what I do will provide for Sailors in the fleet and help them defend our nation.”
Read the rest of his wonderful story here.
Stress and anger are natural emotions – ones that plague most people on a routine basis. Given the particular challenges that accompany military service, however, these emotions sometimes are more likely to negatively impact Navy families, especially the families of wounded warriors.
To address this issue, the United Service Organization (USO) has teamed with Stronger Families to provide workshops free to seriously wounded, ill, or injured service members. These workshops – called Oxygen seminars – tackle tough relationship issues in a non-threatening environment. Couples learn how to improve their communication, better understand each other’s needs, resolve conflict, rekindle romance and find renewed hope.
The USO-sponsored Oxygen seminars include three components. First, couples assess their relationship, indentify issues that are threatening its vitality of their relationship, and pinpoint specific areas that need to be addressed. Next, they attend a seven-hour training seminar that focuses on the most important factors for a successful marriage. Couples leave the seminar with an action plan for continued growth and support for the relationships. Finally, couples are connected to ongoing support networks, including small groups, mentoring, or even counseling opportunities. They also are provided with the very best resources available on marriage, family life and dating through a state-of-art virtual resource center.
A spouse of a wounded warrior said of the resource, “In two days, I learned more about the tools to make a marriage better than being married ten years. Oxygen has given me tools I can use to communicate the right way. Most of all, it has given me hope that things will work out, where I have lost hope and patience.”
The USO-sponsored Oxygen seminars also are available free of charge to service members who are not classified as wounded warriors. If couples are unable to attend the sessions, an eight-week DVD series – O2GoTM – is available that offers a curriculum for couples looking to make positive changes in their marriage.
For more information, visit http://oxygenforyourrelationships.com and search for “USO” or click on the “Military” button on the home page. A new seminar is coming up, Feb. 5- 6 at Ft. Hood! The site also has links to a number of other helpful resources, such as a link to The Couple Checkup, an online relationship assessment tool.
Interested participants also can contact Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor for more details at 855-NAVY WWP (628-9997).