Friday, August 28, 2015
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Judy Boyce My name is Judi Boyce. I am a retired Culinary Specialist Seaman, and I am a wounded warrior. I don’t fit the traditional definition of a wounded warrior. I was not wounded in combat. In 2008, I was diagnosed with Moyamoya disease, a rare, progressive cerebrovascular disorder. I had joined the Navy two years earlier, but, after my diagnosis, my military career was cut short. My illness – and the brain surgeries that accompanied it – had a profound impact on my life in many ways.
Red Ramos Growing up with two older brothers and a younger step-brother, life has always been competitive, in a one-up-you kind of way. We were always trying to outdo each other and giving each other grief when one of us didn’t live up to our own hype.
Michael Dayton My accident occurred in 2007, on St. Patrick’s Day, of all days. I was working in the engine room aboard the USS Emory S. Land, completing repairs to a pump on a fresh-water collection tank, when a steam-relief valve opened above me. I was blasted with 650-degree dry steam at greater than 150 psi (pounds per square inch). It was seven seconds of pure agony.
Jessica Landeros My name is Jessica Landeros. For many years, I was known as UT2 (SCW) “Can Do!” Jessica Mudgett. I am a wife and a mother. But I also am a recently retired Sailor. And not a day goes by that I don’t sincerely miss my identity as a Navy Seabee. I will never forget when that Navy ball cap was first placed on my head at Great Lakes back in 2002. I was so proud to become a Sailor that I held back tears when the Recruit Division Commander first called me “shipmate.”
John Dusseau I turned a corner sometime during my 10th or 11th chemotherapy session. My body and mind had remained fairly strong throughout a very tough treatment schedule, and I finally realized that I could make it because I might just have a fighting chance. In March 2011, I was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare cancer that typically develops in the bones of children.

Fitness & Resiliency

Birdies for the Brave

Birdies for the Brave was originally created in 2006 by PGA TOUR player, Phil Mickelson, and his wife, Amy, to support combat-wounded veterans. The PGA TOUR subsequently adopted the program, and expanded it to include a wide variety of military outreach and appreciation activities during PGA TOUR events, as well as a series of fundraising events conducted at the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Players Clubs (TPCs) and partner courses across the nation – an effort that has raised more than $13 million for non-profit military homefront groups that are supported by PGA TOUR players, which provide direct support to military members, veterans, and their families ranging from financial aid, rehabilitation services, counseling and housing to educational scholarships and career development.

Warrior Open

The Warrior Open is a competitive 36-hole golf tournament, including an 18-hole Pro-Am. The event honors U.S. service members who serve and sacrifice to defend the United States of America and heralds the many effective organizations that give their time, talents and resources to support the men and women of our military and their families. The Warrior Open, part of the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative (MSI), honors the service, sacrifice, and resilience of our post-9/11 veterans and military families. Through research, policy development, programs, and presidential recognition, MSI unites and empowers nonprofits, businesses, universities, philanthropic entities and others to effectively serve and support these veterans and their families in the transition areas of: employment, education, family services, health and wellness, housing and unique issues facing women.

Callaway Golf

At Callaway we appreciate military service. To show support, this year in partnership with Birdies for the Brave, we will fit 26 wounded warriors for custom Callaway equipment at 13 tour stops. Callaway Golf has long been a proud supporter of golf-related, charitable military endeavors. Through our long-term commitment with organizations such as Birdies For The Brave and Bunkers for Baghdad, thousands of soldiers have felt the positive impact of the more than $6.7 million in cash and equipment donations provided by Callaway.

Competitive Shooting

NRA's Competitive Shooting Division offers a wide range of activities in all types of shooting, for everyone from the novice to the world-class competitor. The NRA sanctions over 11,000 shooting tournaments and sponsors over 50 national championships each year. If you have any questions about the division, please call one of the numbers listed in the Competitive Shooting Functions Directory or, for more general competitions information, call 1-877-672-6282. The NRA Life of Duty is available exclusively for Active-Duty Military thanks to the generosity of millions of NRA members and our sponsors, active-duty military receive valuable discounts on NRA membership and exclusive NRA Life of Duty benefits not available to anyone else.

NRA Disabled Shooting Services Program

Offering services that enable thousands of Americans with physical disabilities to enjoy a variety of shooting activities, including competitive events and hunting. Competitors with physical disabilities, who are unable to achieve the required shooting positions or use special adaptive equipment, are required to apply for a medical waiver. The medical waiver application is fairly simple and consists of two forms. The NRA Disabled Shooting Service Program also provides links to state websites for hunting and fishing for disabled veterans. Many individuals with disabilities are able to compete by using equipment that has been specially adapted to provide assistance. Adaptive equipment does not give the shooter an edge but merely provides assistance for individuals who are not capable of certain physical activities such as supporting the weight of a rifle or squeezing a trigger. The most common pieces of equipment are rifle stands and power triggers.

Sig Sauer

Discounts for Law Enforcement and Military members on a wide range of our most popular duty-style pistols and rifles. Those who carry a firearm on duty as a public safety official or military member may qualify for our discount programs, through one of our SIG SAUER Law Enforcement Distributors (SLED). Our reputation for reliability, durability, safety and accuracy is unsurpassed in the industry. Our dedicated Law Enforcement, Federal & Military department will provide you with the firearms, training & Individual Officer Support Programs that are tailored to your needs.

Smith and Wesson

To recognize your service, Smith & Wesson offers active and retired US Military Personnel a special rebate. The Nation’s Finest program offers eligible military personnel and disabled veterans a $100 mail-in rebate for the purchase of a qualifying M&P15 rifle, a $50 mail-in rebate for the purchase of a qualifying M&P pistol, and a $30 rebate for purchase of a qualifying Smith & Wesson revolver. This offer is available to ALL active duty U.S. Military, Retired Military with retired Military Status, active National Guard Reservists and Disabled Veterans of all U.S. Military branches including U.S. Coast Guard. Offer valid from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

Remington

Trap, skeet and sporting clays are in our DNA, and so is outperforming the competition at every venue. Our Model 11-87 Sportsman Field is the versatile clay buster you've been looking for, combining soft recoil, dependable function and classic good looks. Whatever your game, we offer a shotgun proven to smoke 'em. And our full line of target loads delivers industry-leading performance for every application. To improve your scores, trust a name that's reigned supreme in American shooting sports for decades. Remington. Hunters with a knack for filling their tag or limit tend to have more than success in common. They trust their hunt to Remington firearms and ammunition. To make it even better, Remington offers Rebates and Promotions to ensure you're outfitted with the best products in the industry.

Under Armour

Under Armour is committed to partnering with military personnel and veterans through UA Freedom because our heroes need the support they deserve. Do you Believe In Heroes®? We do! Under Armour stores offer a 10% transaction discount to all military veterans. A key part of UA Freedom initiative is the partnership with WWP, which helps veterans and their families not only survive, but thrive in life post-injury. Additionally, Under Armour provides support for Lone Survivor Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Navy Seal Foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, along with many other charities supporting our nation's heroes.

5.11 Tactical

The authentic and first tactical brand, creates superior products that enhance the safety, accuracy, speed and performance of law enforcement, military and firefighting professionals. Built on a foundation of durability, quality and value, 5.11 Tactical leads the industry, that it created, in delivering functionally innovative gear, head to toe. The company was ranked #211 on the 2007 Inc. 500 — Inc. magazine’s annual ranking, by revenue growth, of privately-held, independent, U.S.-based companies. Locate a local 5.11 Full Line Dealer or order our best-selling tactical clothing, uniforms, outerwear, footwear, eyewear, duty knives, tactical gear, holsters and more on this site.

New Balance

NB is the official footwear for the Navy recruits. New Balance also has the Wounded Warrior program which is targeted towards the wounded soldiers returning home from war. New Balance became aware of the needs of Wounded Warriors and partnered with the Navy Exchange to offer any service member that was injured a free pair of New Balance shoes. Wounded Warrior shoe certificates are applicable to any person who is hospitalized as a result of illness or injury that he/she has incurred while on active duty in support of these three Operations - Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Bass Pro Shop

Bass Pro Shops today isn’t just fishing. It is an outdoor retail leader in hunting, camping, nature gifts, outdoor cooking, and much more. Each Bass Pro Shop retail store offers a 10% military discount beginning on the 15th of each month extending for one week.

Cabela's

Quality Hunting, Fishing, Camping and Outdoor Gear at competitive prices Cabela's honors active-duty military with a 5% discount at retail locations across the nation. Gift cards and e-Gift cards are a spectacular way to recognize a wounded warrior! While deployed the Cabela's catalog will keep you abreast of the latest products.

Adaptive Sports

This program motivates, encourages and sustains participation and competition in adaptive sports among disabled Veterans and members of the Armed Forces through partnerships with VA clinical personnel as well as national and community-based adaptive sports programs.

The Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces (ASG Program) provides grant funding to organizations to increase and expand the quantity and quality of adaptive sport activities disabled Veterans and members of the Armed Forces have to participate in physical activity within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic and adaptive sport programs at the regional and national levels.

Veteran Athlete Training Allowance

The U.S. Olympic Committee supports Paralympic-eligible military veterans in their efforts to represent the USA at the Paralympic Games and other international competitions. Veterans who demonstrate exceptional sport skills and the commitment necessary to pursue elite-level competition are given guidance on securing the training, support, and coaching needed to qualify for Team USA and achieve their Paralympic dreams. Through a partnership with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA Paralympic Program Office helps to provide a monthly assistance allowance for disabled Veterans of the Armed Forces, as authorized by section 703 of the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. Through the program, the VA will pay a monthly allowance to a Veteran with a service-connected or non-service-connected disability if the Veteran meets the minimum military standard or any higher standard (i.e. Emerging, Talent Pool, National Team) in his/her respective sport at a recognized competition.

Athletes must also have established training and competition plans and are responsible for turning in monthly and quarterly reports in order to continue receiving the monthly assistance allowance. The allowance base per-month rate for an athlete approved for monetary assistance ranges from $566.97 up to $1,070.40 depending on the number of dependents. Selection Procedures differ from sport to sport. Evaluative criteria can vary from open tryouts, invitation only tryouts, world rankings, achievement standards or a combination of standards and tryouts. The National Team and Military Standard for each sport is determined by the respective National Governing Body(NGB) or Paralympic High Performance Management Organization (HPMO) based on the sport and/or discipline/event international competitive analysis and existing athlete pipeline. In order to be eligible for the VA monthly athlete assistance allowance you must be classified nationally or internationally within six months of being placed on the allowance pay list.

Adaptive sports provide wounded, injured and ill service members the opportunity to discover their abilities despite their disabilities. Beginning with introductory sports camps, participants have the opportunity to learn about and compete in recreational and paralympic-style sports. The Navy Safe Harbor Foundation is proud to provide financial support to Sailors and Coast Guardsmen participating in adaptive athletic camps and competitive events:

  • Travel Expenses
  • Specialized athletic equipment
  • Volunteer support
  • Public awareness

Find an official Paralympic Sports Club

Through partnerships with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the USOC Paralympic Military Program has impacted the lives of thousands of injured military personnel and veterans. Service members and veterans looking to get active in sports in their communities can visit FindaClub.USParalympics.org to locate a program in their area. Most people with physical or visual disabilities don’t have the chance to participate in regular sports activities. By partnering with community and national organizations across the country, U.S. Paralympics is working hard to expand these opportunities. Starting with official Paralympic Sport Clubs, a network made of hundreds of community-based programs, our reach is growing and the goal is to have 250 clubs in American cities by 2012.

A PGA TOUR Charities, Inc. program, Birdies for the Brave is a military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR that is dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Since 2006, the TOUR has joined with PGA TOUR players and corporate partners to raise millions of dollars for military homefront groups that provide critical programs and services to meet the specialized needs of male and female wounded warriors as well as military families that served both pre and post 9/11. - See more at: http://www.birdiesforthebrave.org/AboutUs.aspx#sthash.vmUSmx8l.dpuf
A PGA TOUR Charities, Inc. program, Birdies for the Brave is a military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR that is dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Since 2006, the TOUR has joined with PGA TOUR players and corporate partners to raise millions of dollars for military homefront groups that provide critical programs and services to meet the specialized needs of male and female wounded warriors as well as military families that served both pre and post 9/11. - See more at: http://www.birdiesforthebrave.org/AboutUs.aspx#sthash.vmUSmx8l.dpuf

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." --President Theodore Roosevelt, 23APR1910

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