Wednesday, May 27, 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.

Health & Fitness

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 a 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.

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. NRA Disabled Shooting Services Program offers services that enable thousands of Americans with physical disabilities to enjoy a variety of shooting activities, including competitive events and hunting.

Sporting Equipment and Gear

NRA LIFE OF DUTY - Thanks to the generosity of millions of NRA members and our sponsors, special one-year memberships are available free of charge to all active-duty military, law enforcement and first responder personnel. Signing up is easy – and we're here to help. NRA Life of Duty is an exclusive program for members of the military, law enforcement and first responders who serve and protect our nation. Annual memberships qualify active Life of Duty members to receive valuable benefits. The premium NRA Life of Duty membership includes all regular NRA benefits, plus $27,500 in combined group specified accident only insurance coverage for qualified members, gear discounts, subscriptions to all NRA official journals and a subscription to the NRA American Warrior digital magazine. NRA members have sponsored memberships specifically for you. So sign up to receive an NRA Membership at no cost to you!

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. 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. Customers wishing to take advantage of this offer are required to submit the following documentation: 1). the redemption coupon, 2). a copy of sales receipt and 3). a copy of a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) AND Driver’s License or 4) a copy of your Military Orders AND Driver’s License.

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.

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.

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.

TAYLORMADE-ADIDAS GOLF - Since 1979 our mission has remained the same: Create the Best Performing Golf Products in the World. We recognize the important role the military, veterans and their families play in our nation. As one of the nation’s largest private employers of veterans and those on active duty, we value military experience. To remember and honor these veterans in a special way, we teamed up with a nonprofit organization called Operation Game On, which is a program for returning soldiers who are severely physically and mentally injured and going through rehabilitation at Naval Medical Center San Diego. We believe that our service members and women have one of the most difficult and important jobs in the world. In an ongoing effort to recognize the service and sacrifice of our military personnel and their families, we support organizations nationwide that are working hard to create opportunities and provide services for the military community.

GOLF GEAR - Birdies for the Brave is a program supported by the PGA TOUR and its affiliates, including PGA TOUR Charities, Inc. that raises funds to help support the critical programming and services offered by Birdies for the Brave military homefront groups. The services offered by these groups are designed to meet the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our American heroes and the families who stand behind them every step of the way.

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.

UNDER ARMOUR - Do you Believe In Heroes®? We do. Under Armour stores offer a 10% transaction discount to all military veterans. 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.

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.

ADIDAS - Shoes, Casual Shoes, Apparel and Sports Equipment shoes are available to anyone with a military I.D. at a 10% discount. The military discount applies to official Adidas stores across the United States.

ARIAT - Ariat is pleased to announce a new line of Western boots for men, women and kids called the Freedom Collection. These unique boots are detailed with patriotic and military-themed stitch patterns and a digital camo print lining to honor the men and women of the armed forces. In addition to the intricate embroidery, the Freedom Collection features Ariat’s premium full-grain leathers and innovative comfort technology. Along with creating the military-inspired Freedom Collection, Ariat is also supporting PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes (formerly NARHA Horses for Heroes), a non-profit organization that provides equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) to wounded service personnel and veterans. PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes is tailored to address specific issues faced by military personnel and provides supportive and therapeutic environments for their families and loved ones.

WRANGLER - Honor. Respect. Bravery. We salute the core principles of America's soldiers because they so proudly reflect the ways of the West. Wrangler is proud to present the Wrangler® National Patriot program, created to provide funding and support for America's wounded and fallen soldiers and their families. You can be a part of it by attending Wrangler National Patriot events in your area. You can also show your pride by wearing Wrangler National Patriot apparel, available in stores and at Wrangler.com.

JUSTIN BOOTS - It takes more than 100 steps and over 16 square feet of leather to produce one pair of Justin Boots. Now that’s quality. Handcrafted in the USA since 1879.

OAKLEY U.S. STANDARD ISSUE - Oakley takes great pride in offering the highest quality products at a direct rate for military and government personnel. The program is for active duty military, reserve, federal and local law enforcement, fire, EMS and those holding military retiree credentials. We have developed a strong program over the past 20 years and we want to ensure that the integrity of the program is held high.

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.

Operation Game On

At TaylorMade Golf Company, we recognize the important role the military, veterans and their families play in our nation. As one of the nation’s largest private employers of veterans and those on active duty, we value military experience. To remember and honor these veterans in a special way, we teamed up with a nonprofit organization called Operation Game On, which is a program for returning soldiers who are severely physically and mentally injured and going through rehabilitation at Naval Medical Center San Diego. We believe that our service members and women have one of the most difficult and important jobs in the world. In an ongoing effort to recognize the service and sacrifice of our military personnel and their families, we support organizations nationwide that are working hard to create opportunities and provide services for the military community. Building Confidence One Swing at a Time. Troops are returning home with life altering combat injuries, and we’re honoring their sacrifice by introducing them to the familiar game of golf. Why golf? Golf gives injured troops the confidence to regain an active lifestyle and hope for a brighter future.

Birdies for the Brave

Since the program’s inception, Birdies for the Brave has grown to include a variety of military outreach efforts, including Patriots’ Outpost military hospitality chalets and military celebrations held during tournaments; letter-writing campaigns for the troops; distribution of care packages to troops stationed abroad; awarding an honorary membership at each TPC to a Birdies for the Brave homefront group for the benefit of a local wounded warrior; and a series of fund-raising events conducted at the TOUR’s TPC Network of clubs nationwide and partner properties. This enables fans, club members, sponsors and the public the opportunity to participate in charity golf tournaments and other activities that directly benefit military men and women and their families, while at the same time play the same golf courses where the world’s best golfers compete. The Navy SEAL Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project are just two of the many homefront groups who benefit from the Birdies for the Brave program. To learn more about the many ways the PGA TOUR supports the U.S. military and their families, please visit http://together.pgatour.com/causes/military.html and learn about the PGA players, tournaments and charities working to support our military.

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

Tee it up for the Troops

Tee it up for the Troops, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2005 by the family and friends of a deployed soldier who, when asked by his father what he needed, simply responded that they should do something for the soldiers and their families back home. Tee it up for the Troops was created to honor that request and to recognize the needs of all veterans who have served and continue to serve this great nation. Since its founding, Tee it up for the Troops has organized golf outings and other events throughout the country which have generated nearly $6 million dollars to date, nearly all of which has been given to programs that continue to benefit and support veterans of all branches and all conflicts and their families.

Warrior Open

The Warrior Open is a competitive 36-hole golf tournament that takes place over two days every fall in the Dallas area. The event honors U.S. service members wounded in the global war on terror. The tournament spotlights organizations that support service members and their families. Veterans and service members injured in post-9/11 combat can check back in November for information on applying for the 2014 Warrior Open.

THE BEACON

"Most of us, most of the time, live in blissful ignorance of what a small, elite, heroic group of Americans are doing for us night and day. As we speak, all over the globe, American sailors and submariners and aviators are doing something very dangerous. People say, 'Well it can't be too dangerous because there are no wrecks.' But the reason we don't have more accidents is that these are superb professionals; the fact that they master the dangers does not mean the dangers aren't real. Right now, somewhere around the world, young men are landing high-performance jet aircraft on the pitching decks of aircraft carriers -- at night! You can't pay people to do that; they do it out of love of country, of adventure, of the challenge. We all benefit from it, and the very fact that we don't have to think about it tells you how superbly they're doing their job -- living on the edge of danger so the rest of us need not think about, let alone experience danger." --George Will, 28 JAN 1986

NAVY WOUNDED WARRIOR

"I can think of few more important priorities than supporting our seriously wounded, ill, and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen. These men and women have sacrificed so much for each of us, and for our country. It is our sacred duty to care, provide, and advocate for them, ensuring they can lead the fullest lives possible." --Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations 14JUL2011

Sailors and Coast Guardsmen may self-refer to the program or be referred by family, command leadership, or medical providers. For questions about enrollment eligibility, call Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor’s toll-free line, 1-855-628-9997, or email navywoundedwarrior@navy.mil.

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Inspired by the military community, Navy Safe Harbor Foundation was created to efficiently identify and meet the needs of recovering Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, Merchant Marines and their families. NSHF will fill the gaps of current nonmedical provisions through collaboration with federal and community resources. NSHF wants to ensure that every service member is given an opportunity for full recovery by providing financial assistance, respite care, special equipment, transportation, recreational opportunities, and other services.

"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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