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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.

Navy Safe Harbor Foundation Services

Navy Safe Harbor Foundation aims to ensure that every service member is given an opportunity for full recovery after a serious injury by coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and provides resources and support to their families.

Enrollment in the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor is available to service members wounded in combat, as well as to those diagnosed with a serious illness or injured in shipboard, training and liberty accidents. Navy Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor coordinates the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and provides resources and support to their families.

Enrollment lasts a lifetime.

NSHF steps in to fill the gap to provide financial assistance and support to assist Sailors and Coast Guardsmen in their recovery, rehabilitation and transition:


Navy Safe Harbor Foundation PDF Brochure

Recognized as the gold standard of care for the world-class support it provides to each and every enrolled Sailor and Coast Guardsman, as well as their families.

NSHF Services and Accommodations:

  • Respite care for enrollees and their families
    • Financial and Legal Services
    • Travel Expenses
    • Court Costs
  • Warrior Weekends
  • Housing/Rental Support
  • Support of Transition from Recovery/Rehabilitation
  • Family Support (i.e., Christmas Gifts, Family camps)
  • Adaptive Athletics
  • Housing Modifications
  • Vehicle Modifications
  • Specialized Equipment
  • Public Awareness
  • PTSD/Combat Stress Support and Education

NSHF Purpose:

  • Focus support and services toward US Navy and Coast Guard seriously Wounded, Ill, and Injured (WII) reserve, active-duty, and medically retired population

  • Focus support to the Navy’s Safe Harbor Command enrollee population and family members.
  • Fill the gaps and provide services not available through government or community avenues.
  • Raise awareness of the needs of WII Sailors, Coastguardsmen, and their families.

Supported Population:

  • All seriously wounded, ill, or injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and their families
    • OIF/OEF Casualties
    • Shipboard Accidents
    • Liberty Accidents (MVAs, motorcycle accidents)
    • Serious Medical and Psychological Conditions (cancer, severe PTSD)
  • High risk non-seriously wounded, ill, or injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and their families (on a case by case basis)
  • Families in Crisis
  • Special Interest

Navy Safe Harbor Anchor Program

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. 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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030215-N-1810F-001 At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Feb. 15, 2003 -- The Navys largest First Navy Jack, with the motto Dont Tread On Me, flies high above USS Kitty Hawk during her transit through the Straits of Malacca. Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5) were recently ordered to the Central Command area of responsibility to join coalition forces preparing for possible operations in that area. Kitty Hawk is Americas longest-serving active warship and the worlds only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, operating out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 3rd Class Todd Frantom. (RELEASED)

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