Truman Sailors Gain Insight on Personal Health, Safety, Financial Matters


Story Number: NNS081102-13Release Date: 11/2/2008 7:34:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Daron Street

USS HARRY S TRUMAN (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) safety department hosted a health and safety fair Sept. 29 at the Callahan Fitness Center on Norfolk Naval Shipyard base.

The event provided an opportunity for Sailors to receive information about programs available to them through the Navy and the surrounding community to provide both physical and professional help.

Cmdr. Pat LaCore, Truman's safety officer, explained this fair was one way to give Sailors insight about their options for everything from Morale, Welfare and Recreation to the commissary and more.

"We're just trying to give the Sailors a means of acquiring this information all in one place," LaCore said. "If the Sailors are interested in something but they don't really have the time to go and research a particular business or program, then we're bringing these things to them so they can gather a lot of safety and health information at once."

"Today is a day that we set aside so everyone from the ship can come by and receive information on everything from motorcycle safety to personal hygiene," Damage Controlman 2nd Class Alex Daniels said. "Sometimes people get so caught up with everything that's going on in their everyday lives that they may become complacent.

"These are things that if you don't take time out to know about them you may miss out on programs available that would be beneficial to them."

Sailors were offered information from various organizations such as the Red Cross, Navy Federal Credit Union, Fleet and Family Support Center and other Navy and community groups.

A representative from www.turbotap.org, which helps Sailors with retirement benefits and the transition to the civilian world after the Navy, offered Sailors information about the defense department program.
The Virginia Department of Transportation provided Sailors information on hurricanes, hurricane evacuation routes and procedures to evacuate Hampton Roads.

"We hope the Sailors absorb some of this information for their benefit," LaCore said. "A lot of these Navy-based and community programs aren't being used to their full capacity, and we just hope that the Sailors take advantage of the things that are there to help them."

For more news from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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he aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits through the Atlantic Ocean as it and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 prepare to return to home port after a seven-month deployment.
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June 2, 2008
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