Anchor Program

A photo of a Navy Safe Harbor enrollee with Anchor Program mentors from the local American Legion Auxiliary.The Anchor Program helps Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor carry out its promise to provide transition assistance to seriously wounded, ill, and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, as well as their families. It provides them with an invaluable network of support during a critical chapter of their lives – the conclusion of their military careers.

The Anchor Program matches Sailors and Coast Guardsmen in transition with sponsors in their communities, perhaps from a local Reserve component and/or from local veteran groups. Some sponsors are active-duty Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, as well.

The sponsors offer a wide range of support, including serving as social contacts, providing personal referrals – recommending anything from the best nearby restaurant to the most reliable plumber – and establishing connections with local employers. They also help an enrollee maintain contact with Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor by communicating regularly with his or her non-medical care management team.

But, perhaps most importantly, the sponsors are available to lend an ear – and a hand – to an enrollee as he or she grapples with the challenges associated with returning to civilian life. Their experiences with the military – on active duty and in retirement – make them ideal companions for a wounded warrior.

Though participating in the Anchor Program is purely voluntary, Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor urges all of its enrollees to take advantage of this important service. If you are interested in becoming an Anchor Program sponsor, please contact the Anchor Program Coordinator at 202-433-9149.

Access the Anchor Program sponsor guide, and learn about what it takes to sponsor wounded warriors.

To hear more about the Anchor Program, visit Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor’s YouTube channel.

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