WASHINGTON (NNS) -- More than 50 people teed off at the second annual Navy Safe Harbor Foundation Golf Tournament in Springfield, Va. to support the Navy and Coast Guard's wounded warriors, Aug. 13.
The Navy Safe Harbor Foundation is a non-governmental organization solely dedicated to supporting seriously wounded, ill, and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen - service members enrolled in Navy Safe Harbor, the Navy's wounded warrior program - by assisting them with resources not available through government avenues.
"We need to go out of our way to care for our wounded warriors. The Navy Safe Harbor program - as well as the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation - do that day in and day out," said Vice Adm. William D. French, commander of Navy Installations Command, who addressed participants during a reception at the conclusion of the tournament.
The tournament welcomed several wounded warriors, including retired Navy Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Josh Rosenburg, retired Navy Cmdr. Bernadette Semple, Navy Cmdr. Jay Sloan, Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Wesley Spraul, Navy Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Rudy Wilson, and Navy Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Robert Westfall. A wounded Marine, Sgt. Jeremy Grotler, also took part in the tournament.
"It was an amazing event, and I'm so glad I came," said Wilson, who was diagnosed in 2010 with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in combat. "The support from Navy Safe Harbor has been so helpful." While on the golf course, Wilson received a verbal job offer for a position within the federal government upon his retirement from military service.
Proceeds from the event will help the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation continue addressing the unmet needs of these service members, such as lodging, respite care, adaptive athletic reconditioning, or caregiver support. For example, this year, the foundation covered mortgage payments for the family of a wounded warrior facing the threat of foreclosure.
"The Navy Safe Harbor program is expanding; our enrollment numbers climb each month, and the needs of our service members continue to grow," said Navy Safe Harbor Family Programs and Charitable Resources Coordinator Dario Santana. "Organizations like the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, the Quality of Life Foundation, and the Bob Woodruff Foundation pick up where the government leaves off, providing absolutely critical support to our wounded warriors and their families."
The Navy Safe Harbor program is a key component of the Department of the Navy's 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, which is designed to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency, and hone the most combat-effective force.
For more information about Navy Safe Harbor, visit http://safeharbor.navylive.dodlive.mil.
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