Wounded Warrior Videos Target Spouses and Adaptive Sports

Story Number: NNS101106-09Release Date: 11/6/2010 4:09:00 PM
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From Navy Safe Harbor Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A combat wounded warrior, with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and his wife share a glimpse into his recovery in two new Navy Safe Harbor Direct-to-Sailor videos.

These television spots are the latest in a series of public service announcements (PSA) designed to create awareness and understanding of Navy Safe Harbor, the Navy and Coast Guard's wounded warrior program.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Justin Rose tells other wounded warriors, "If you are not a part of Navy Safe Harbor, you need to be. It doesn't matter what your injury or illness is because they will do anything and everything for your [non-medical] care, for your daily wants and needs. They will go above and beyond."

It was during his deployment with the 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division in Afghanistan that Petty Officer Rose was injured. When an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion that rocked his vehicle.

"While I was at Bethesda I was visited by Judith Carlisle, she is a non-medical care manager, and she enrolled me into Navy Safe Harbor," said Petty Officer Rose. "One of the things Navy Safe Harbor did is they got me involved in the Warrior Games."

The Warrior Games serve as an introduction to Paralympic sport competition for injured service members by inspiring recovery, physical fitness, and promoting new opportunities for growth and achievement.

"The invitation to be a part of the Warrior Games more or less helped me get back the motivation I lost following the accident," said Petty Officer Rose. "I would recommend to anybody that has been hurt or injured to participate in the Warrior Games. It helps just knowing you can still do what you used to love, you just might have to do it a different way."

His wife Stephnie agrees, "He came back from the Warrior Games looking forward to the future again, being active again, and realizing that his body, though injured, still worked. It got him out of his funk."

Stephnie encourages every spouse and family member caring for a wounded warrior to ensure they are enrolled in Navy Safe Harbor and utilizing the services and benefits available to them. Explaining the benefits of enrollment, she said, "Not knowing what is available to you and not knowing that what you are going through is normal, can do a grave disservice to you, your stress, your marriage, everything. Not knowing that your spouse's actions and reactions may be part of his TBI/PTSD and not you or your marriage is huge. It is hard not to take things personally. Navy Safe Harbor was a big part of my education."

The two new videos demonstrate that Navy Safe Harbor support continues long after the wounded warrior is released from the military treatment facility.

"Each video focuses on a different aspect of wounded warrior support," said Navy Safe Harbor strategic communications analyst Zona Lewis. "Petty Officer Rose's video shares the impact of participation in adaptive sport plays in a wounded warrior's recovery, while Mrs. Rose's video demonstrates the support Navy Safe Harbor provides to family members during a service member's recovery makes a difference in their life, too."

Outreach formats like video PSAs are aired around the Fleet and play an important role in informing the Navy family about the Wounded Warrior services available to them.

"One of our biggest challenges is creating awareness and understanding about the Navy Safe Harbor program throughout the Fleet," said Lewis. "Many service members confuse us with a harbor patrol program or a domestic violence shelter."

The two videos will run on the DTS network, Armed Forces Television, and the Pentagon Channel. The videos, along with other PSAs, are also available on Navy Safe Harbor's Web site.

"It is hoped that commands will watch the segments, download them, and make them part of Family Day events and Pre-Deployment briefs," said Lewis. "It's important for commands to discuss the messages found in these videos and to ensure their wounded warrior shipmates enroll in Navy Safe Harbor and utilize the support available to them should they ever become seriously ill or injured."

To view or download the videos visit the Navy Safe Harbor Web site at www.safeharbor.navy.mil.

For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp/.

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