Hawaii Honors Wounded Warriors

Story Number: NNS101021-02Release Date: 10/21/2010 5:34:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Hight, Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Hawaii-based wounded warriors were honored by the Honolulu community Oct. 16 during the University of Hawaii (UH) football game at Aloha Stadium.

Army Spc. Luke Harvey from U.S. Army Warrior Transition Battalion at Scholfield Barracks, Hawaii participated in the halftime festivities during the Saturday night match between the UH Warriors and University of Nevada Wolfpack.

"It's a great opportunity to be out here and represent the military," said Harvey, who was injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast while supporting operations in Afghanistan. "It is an honor to see the local community reach out to the military."

Harvey joined other Hawaii-based wounded warriors at midfield for halftime recognition. As their names were announced, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, presented each with a plaque.

"It is my privilege as Honolulu's newest mayor to honor these Americans who have given so much for their country," said Carlisle. "They have sacrificed their health and even their lives so that the rest of us can enjoy the many freedoms that we often take for granted. We all need to thank our wounded warriors for what they have done."

The crowd honored the wounded warriors with a standing ovation as they walked off the field.

"The support the local community has shown these service members today is an inspiration for all," said Army Command Sgt. Maj. Iuniasolua Savusa, senior enlisted leader at U.S. Pacific Command. "We can't thank these service members, as well as everyone that serves in the military enough."

"We owe our young service members who have been injured a great debt," said Savusa. "They have all given everything that they have to support and defend the freedom that we all enjoy."

November is Wounded Warrior Care Month, and the Department of the Navy has created a care coordination system working with federal and nonfederal agencies and members of the health care team to improve the delivery of services to wounded, ill and injured service members and their families. For more information on this program, visit http://www.navy.mil/navydata/woundedwarrior.html.

For more news from Pacific Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cpf/.

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