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Navy Wounded Warrior is the Navy’s sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen and providing resources and support to their families. Through proactive leadership, the program provides individually-tailored assistance de...
In Case You Missed It: January 1, 2020 marked 59 years since the Navy SEAL teams ONE and TWO were officially established.
Happy birthday, and thank you to all past and current Navy SEALs!
#OTD in 1962, The Navy SEAL teams were established, beginning with Teams ONE and TWO.
In response to President John F. Kennedy’s desire for the services to develop unconventional warfare, the U.S. Navy established the SEALs (Sea, Air, Land.) Their mission at the time was to conduct counter guerilla warfare and clandestine operations in riverine and maritime environments. The SEAL teams were formed with personnel from Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) also known as, "Frogmen."
🎉Happy Birthday, SEALs!
Click the link below to read more about the history of the SEALs and the Naval Special Warfare Command: https://go.usa.gov/xAKhU
U.S. Navy SEAL & SWCC Page Naval Special Warfare Command
Join us for the upcoming virtual Caregiver Coffee Breaks, every Tuesday during January. The sessions are from 12-12:30 p.m. EST / 9-9:30 a.m. PST.
In Case You Missed It: Yesterday marked Space Force’s 1st birthday!
We salute you —- Happy birthday! 🚀
The United States Space Force doesn’t just think outside the box - they think outside the atmosphere. 🛰️ The sky is not the limit! #HBDSpaceForce #KnowYourMil
BREAKING NEWS! The 2021 DoD Warrior Games, hosted by the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in September.
The annual event, first held in 2010, celebrates the resiliency and dedication of wounded, ill, and injured active duty and veteran U.S. military service members. Hundreds of elite-athletes, including those from international allied nations, will compete in adaptive sporting events such as wheelchair basketball, cycling, indoor rowing, and wheelchair rugby among others during the games.
Did you know? The US Department of Veterans Affairs has apps with tools and information to assist you in managing PTSD-related symptoms and stress, learning to practice mindfulness, and strengthening parenting skills.
Please note that we will note have a virtual Caregiver Coffee Break on December 29, due to the holidays. Stay tuned for January's dates and topics!
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FOCUS | “Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” - Paulo Coelho
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Damion Hedington runs the 100-meter race during the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
AmericanForcesTravel is excited to announce that eligibility to authenticate online to shop on www.AmericanForcesTravel.com has been extended to all Department of Defense civilians serving within the United States, including appropriated funds employees and non-appropriated funds employees!
Toady is International Day of People With Disabilities. This year’s theme, “Not all Disabilities are Visible,” focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences, and cognitive dysfunctions, among others.
These are just some examples of the millions of people currently living with a disability that is not immediately apparent, and a reminder of the importance of removing barriers for all people living with disability, both visible and invisible.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, disconnect, disrupted routines, and diminished services have greatly impacted the lives and mental well-being of people with disabilities right around the world. Spreading awareness of invisible disabilities, as well as these potentially detrimental— and not always immediately apparent— impacts to mental health, is crucial as the world continues to fight against the virus, and for inclusion for people living with disability.
Operations Specialist 1st Class Robert Hunt, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Shanice Dansby, and Navy Wounded Warrior Hawaii region program director Margo Crane speak about the importance of Navy Wounded Warrior.
📸 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aja B. Jackson
Adaptive athletics is one of the many areas of recovery offered through Navy Wounded Warrior.
Fitness and teamwork are a way of life in the military. Adaptive athletics are sports that have been modified to meet the abilities of injured or ill individuals. They help wounded warriors build strength and endurance, while also drawing inspiration from their teammates.
All wounded warriors enrolled in Navy Wounded Warrior are encouraged to include adaptive athletics in their recovery plans to build strength and endurance. Sports also helps build self-esteem, lowers stress levels and prevents secondary medical conditions from developing.
Warrior Care Month is a time to reflect on the strength and resilience of our nation’s wounded, ill, and injured service members while also recognizing the dedication of military caregivers who support our service members during their recovery and rehabilitation.
Thank you to everyone who joined us virtually throughout the month in honor of Warrior Care Month, and thank you to our sponsor Semper Fi & America's Fund
Thank you to our military families for their sacrifice and for serving as a foundation of strength for our brave men and women in uniform.
Did you know? November is Military Family Appreciation Month.
Thank you to our military families for their sacrifice and for serving as a foundation of strength for our brave men and women in uniform.
#InvictusTeamUS #IG2020NE | The Invictus Games Foundation
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Transitioning out of active service is rarely easy, and Navy Wounded Warrior enrollees and their families often face additional challenges because of their illnesses or injuries.
Navy Wounded Warrior's support does not conclude at the door of a medical treatment facility. The program offers enrollees a host of services to help ease their reintegration into civilian life and ensure they have the tools to lead rich and fulfilling lives.
Did you know? Employment and education assistance is a core component of Navy Wounded Warrior.
Navy Wounded Warrior headquarters is home to the Education, Employment and Internship (E2I) program. It connects enrollees and their caregivers to a host of education resources and career counseling services, from assisting with job applications, to identifying vocational training opportunities, to sharing direct employer contacts. In addition, E2I representatives serve as national champions for the hiring of disabled veterans, sharing best practices and discussing the benefits of hiring wounded warriors with potential employers.
❤️🤍💙 We are thankful for the opportunity to serve our Navy Wounded Warriors, caregivers, and loved ones! #HappyThanksgiving
📸: Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Lenny LaCrosse
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#NavyWoundedWarrior's Impressive Medical Team
On this #WellnessWednesday and on the heels of the 2019 Warrior Games, #NavyWoundedWarrior recognizes all the hard work and effort put forth by the medical staff who takes such great care of #TeamNavy and all of your #NavyWoundedWarriors at the Games and adaptive sports camps! #NavyWoundedWarriors and their families can turn to Commander, Navy Installations Command and #NavyWoundedWarrior when they need help. The Navy Wounded Warrior program’s overall mission is to promote, sustain and enhance the health of our nation’s heroes.
#TeamNavy Finishes with Gold!
#TeamNavy ends the 2019 #WarriorGames with a gold medal! It was a hard fought match and Navy came out on top! #NavyWoundedWarrior works to return a Sailor or Coast Guardsman to duty. When return to duty is not possible, Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor works with federal agencies and local organizations to successfully reintegrate wounded warriors into their communities.
Adaptive Sports Heal
Adaptive sports have more influence on a servicemember that extends past competition at the #WarriorGames! #NavyWoundedWarrior focuses on the whole servicemember, emphazing recovery and rehabilitation in a variety of ways. The program works to return every eligible Sailor or Coast Guardsman to duty. When that is not possible, the program works collaboratively with federal agencies and local organizations to help them successfully reintegrate into their communities.
Warrior Games 2019 - Wheelchair Rugby Finals
U.S. SOCOM, Australia, Air Force, and Navy compete in the wheelchair rugby finals at Tampa Convention Center during the 2019 DoD Warrior Games. The Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill or injured service members and veterans and to expose them to adaptive sports.
Go Navy, Beat Army!
Go Navy, Beat Army! #TeamNavy's sitting volleyball win over Army secured their spot in the gold-medal match! With less than 1 percent of Americans serving in the military, the Warrior Games showcase the incredible fighting spirit of the nation’s #WoundedWarriors and their families. Commander, Navy Installations Command salutes our #TeamNavy athletes. #GoNavy
#TeamNavy Continues to Work Hard!
Your #NavyWoundedWarriors continue to work hard and show up at their best here int Tampa! #NavyWoundedWarrior works hard to return every eligible Sailor or Coast Guardsman to duty. When that is not possible, the program works collaboratively with federal agencies and local organizations to help them successfully reintegrate into their communities.
Warrior Games 2019 - Rowing Competition
Watch LIVE: Wounded Warriors compete in rowing at the Tampa Convention Center during the 2019 DoD Warrior Games. Athletes represent the U.S Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, Special Operations Command, and five international teams. The Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill or injured service members and veterans and to expose them to adaptive sports. Not in Tampa? Watch with us here! #BeInspired
Another great day for #TeamNavy!
#TeamNavy keeps bringing the intensity here in Tampa! • #WoundedWarriors and their families can turn to Commander, Navy Installations Command and #NavyWoundedWarrior when they need help. The Navy Wounded Warrior program’s overall mission is to promote, sustain and enhance the health of our nation’s heroes.
Wounded Warriors compete in powerlifting at the Tampa Convention Center during the 2019 DoD Warrior Games. Athletes represent the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and five international teams. The Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill or injured service members and veterans and to expose them to adaptive sports. If you can’t make it here in person, watch it here! #BeInspired
#NavyWoundedWarriors Bring Their Best!
Another great day at the 2019 Warrior Games for #TeamNavy! #NavyWoundedWarrior works to return a Sailor or Coast Guardsman to duty. When return to duty is not possible, Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor works with federal agencies and local organizations to successfully reintegrate wounded warriors into their communities.
2019 Warrior Games Begin!
#TeamNavy is bringing the excitement out of the gate here in Tampa! Our wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen have sacrificed a great deal for our country. Commander, Navy Installations Command and #NavyWoundedWarrior provide and advocate for the nation’s #WoundedWarriors, ensuring they lead the fullest lives possible.
2019 #TeamNavy Continues the Road to Warrior Games
24 days until your #NavyWoundedWarriors dominate the 2019 Warrior Games! #WarriorGamesWednesday
A Great Adaptive Sports Moment!
A great moment from our most recent adaptive sports camp with #NavyWoundedWarrior Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad!
#TeamUS fans pumped for more #IG2018 competition!
Navy Wounded Warriors Navy Birthday Message
An important message from #NavyWoundedWarriors to the military service they love...
Navy Wounded Warrior- Safe Harbor
As athletes, family members and staff get back to their day-to-day lives following this year's #WarriorGames, it's important to highlight all of the support this program provides #NavyWoundedWarriors.
#TeamNavy Conquers the Games!
As athletes, family members and loved ones head home, #NavyWoundedWarriors can be proud of their performance in Colorado Springs for this year's #WarriorGames! Through the sweat and exhaustion, #TeamNavy stuck together and conquered the Games!
Last Day of the 2018 Warrior Games
A great way to end the 2018 Warrior Games as #TeamNavy rows with all their might and medals in wheelchair basketball!
Defending Champions Win Again!
Defending champions win again! #TeamNavy wins GOLD for the second year in a row in sitting volleyball! #WarriorGames
We Stick Together
The #WarriorGames aren't just about competition...
Shout Out to Josh
#TeamNavy takes a moment out of competition to send a message to their teammate, Josh Connell
Aiming for the Gold!
Bull’s eye! #TeamNavy
#NavyWoundedWarriors Cycle To Gold!
Day 6 of the 2018 Warrior Games was no match for #TeamNavy as they pedaled their way to victory!
Abbie Johnson and Kona Warrior Games Feature
Sometimes winning gold medals happens in unexpected ways...
End of Day 5: Warrior Games 2018
The theme at #WarriorGames today was FOCUS. Check out your #TeamNavy athletes racking up medals from the shooting finals and the Warrior Games debut of powerlifting!
End of Day 4: Warrior Games 2018
It was a busy day at #WarriorGames for your #NavyWoundedWarriors! #TeamNavy advanced to shooting finals, gold medal sitting volleyball finals, and medal rounds for wheelchair basketball!
End of Day 3: Warrior Games
It was chilly in Colorado Springs, but #TeamNavy brought the heat to today’s #WarriorGames competitions!
Navy Wounded Warrior Alexis King Road to Triumph
On #nationalcancersurvivorsday take a moment to let #TeamNavy athlete @Alexis King inspire you. Learn about how she beat cancer and became a #NavyWoundedWarrior #WarriorGames
#TeamNavy Dominates The Track
#NavyWoundedWarriors were the ones bringing the high winds around the track today!
I am a 100% disabled vet who is a resident of Spain. Am I allowed access to the Navy Exchange in Naples. I have a DOD ID card that I used in the US. Spain does not allow retired or disabled access in Rota. Thanks in advance.
Where can i find more information about the program? I was recently told there are 3 different Categories. Can you please break down the difference in the categories and what benefits or treatments are available at each level?
It was just over 15 years ago that I returned from deployment only to be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was certainly a gut punch as we were also expecting our twin boys around the same time. I was able to remain active duty and my health remained stable until 2016. My motor skills, coordination, and a host of other disease related issues began to decline. I credit my wife - assuming the daunting role of caregiver - for the strength and persistence I needed to carry on.
I find myself transitioned out of the military, and each and every day realize how lucky I am to have her in my life. She has been there for me every "step" of the way, supporting me, and adapting to life as it comes. She didn't - we didn't - ask for this, but I couldn't ask for a more compassionate and patient caregiver.
Today I celebrate #MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay. Please take a moment to recognize yours, their sacrifices, and applaud their role in your life. They certainly deserve it.
Shout out to my wife Jill. She’s a nurse by trade but decided to be a stay at home mom to raise our two sons while i go on deployments. She kept our family intact through a prayerful life and by being an example to all of us. She kept me at bay when i was not doing well with my mental health. Thank you for your love, faith, support and dedication to our family. Forever grateful. #MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay
-HMC Valenzuela with his wife Jill.
hi everyone im putting together a recap video from the Port Hueneme 2020 Camp. Should have it finished by Friday. It was a pleasure meeting you all.If you want pictures from the event that i took ill be uploading them to a google docs folder contact me with your email and ill get them to you.
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Navy Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports gives sailors and coastguardsmen an opportunity to develop lasting friendships while healing from combat related and other injuries. The Zen place for becoming a better you! That’s an awesome feeling of accomplishment & no judgement zone.
This song was written in remembrance of everyone who wrote a letter to someone not knowing if they'd ever get it and hoping they wouldn't. The letter I'm talking about is the one you write just in case you don't make it back from patrol/movement/or mission. This song was written from the experiences and the people I met at the Warrior Games and all my friends who served in combat zones. I did not. This is the first military song I've ever written so I hope it is appreciated. I decided to stay up last night and finish it as it's fitting that it get posted on the 4th of July.
Hopeful to make a connection with RCCs who are helping their injured Saillors with TSGLI claims. 10 yrs experience assisting Marine Corps RCC Program. Check out www.tsglimedicalteam.com
NIH list of all clinical trials for TBI currently recruiting worldwide. Good luck to all: