Navy, Coast Guard Service Chiefs Sign Safe Harbor Agreement


Story Number: NNS090401-05Release Date: 4/1/2009 4:11:00 PM
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By Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Rebekah Blowers, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead and Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) April 1 for the Safe Harbor program.

The Safe Harbor program is the Navy's lead organization for coordinating the non-medical care of wounded, ill and injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and their family members.

In the fall of 2008, the Coast Guard approached Safe Harbor to gain an understanding of the non-medical care management support provided to seriously wounded, ill, and injured Sailors and their families. Coast Guard units are often located proximal to Navy, and Coast Guard members receive medical care at Navy military treatment facilities, where Safe Harbor non-medical care managers are currently located.

The signing of the MOA between the CNO and commandant reflects their commitment to providing the best care possible for Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and their families.

"I think that this really gets to the essence of our services and how we as services care for our Sailors. Through the great work of our people at Safe Harbor, we have developed ways to address those who are seriously wounded, ill and injured in order to better provide for them and their families," Roughead said. "We are just really privileged and honored that we can bring this dimension of the Navy and the Coast Guard together in a way that benefits our Sailors and their families."

Through proactive leadership, the Safe Harbor program provides seriously wounded, ill and injured service members a lifetime of individually tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of their recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities and to give their families the support they need to get through that sometimes life-long process.

For more news from the Chief of Naval Operations, visit www.navy.mil/local/cno.

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, left, delivers remarks as Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen looks on after the signing of a memorandum of agreement for the Safe Harbor program.
090401-N-8273J-023 WASHINGTON (April 1, 2009) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, left, delivers remarks as Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen looks on after the signing of a memorandum of agreement for the Safe Harbor program during a signing ceremony at the Pentagon. The agreement reflects the Navy and Coast Guard's commitment to providing a lifetime of individually tailored, coordinated, non-medical care to seriously wounded, ill, or injured service members and their families. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones/Released)
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