WASHINGTON (NNS) -- More than 70 people, including the prospective vice chief of naval operations, hit the links Aug. 8 at the inaugural Navy Safe Harbor Foundation Golf Tournament in Springfield, Va., to support seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen as well as their families.
"Your continued support ensures this foundation and others like it can stay committed to helping wounded, ill, and injured service members who have sacrificed so much for our country," Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson told the dinner guests. "These acts of support, in a small way, help to share the burden and enable our service members and their families to focus on regaining control and normalcy in their own lives."
Tournament participants included active duty and retired senior military officials, representatives from corporate sponsors and charitable organizations and staff members from Navy Safe Harbor, the Navy's wounded warrior support program.
Proceeds from the tournament will help the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation continue addressing the needs of ill and injured service members, such as lodging, respite care, adaptive athletic equipment or caregiver support. For example, the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation helped a wounded Sailor experiencing financial hardships purchase Christmas gifts for his children last year.
"Policies can fluctuate, and nonprofit organizations help ensure that Sailors and Coast Guardsmen continue to get the assistance they need, no matter what happens politically," said retired Capt. Key Watkins, first program director of Navy Safe Harbor and vice president of the foundation.. "Outside help - in addition to Navy infrastructure - is critical to providing support and opportunities to wounded warriors."
The Navy Safe Harbor Foundation is a charitable organization solely dedicated to supporting the recovery of seriously wounded, ill, and injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and their families by assisting them with resources not available through government or community avenues.
"Although combat operations are winding down, the mission of Navy Safe Harbor remains critical, and the total enrollee population will grow," said Capt. E. Bernie Carter, director of Navy Safe Harbor. "Organizations like the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, the Quality of Life Foundation and the Bob Woodruff Foundation do wonderful things for our enrollees and help spread the message about the importance of warrior care."
For more information about Navy Safe Harbor, visit www.safeharbor.navy.mil. For more information about the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, visit www.safeharborfoundation.org.
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