Tuesday, June 30, 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.

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 program 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. Enrollment lasts a lifetime.

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/Accommodations:

  • Respite care for enrollees and their families
    • Financial and Legal Support
    • 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











"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


"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

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.


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. Inspired by the military community, NSHF 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.

"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



The Navy Safe Harbor Foundation (NSHF) is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization.

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