By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jessica Tounzen Naval Medical Center San Diego Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO - Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) and The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) is celebrating Warrior Care Month with several events hosted in honor of wounded, ill or injured (WII) service members throughout the month of November.
Warrior Care Month is designed to increase awareness of support programs for WII service members, to reassure them the Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to caring for them and their families, and to recognize their successes and contributions. The theme for this year's Warrior Care Month is "Unleashing Unlimited Potential: Healing a Wounded Warrior's Mind, Body and Spirit".
NMCSD hosted the second-annual Warrior Care Fair Nov. 16 in honor of Warrior Care Month, in the hospital's courtyard. The event featured more than 21 exhibits showcasing NMCSD's programs and departments that support recovering service members and their families.
All with DoD identification for base access were invited to NMCSD's appreciation ceremony Nov. 22 honoring WII service members who have been injured in combat.
A special symposium sponsored by NMCSD is slated for Nov. 30 at the McMillin Events Center at Liberty Station in San Diego, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The theme of the symposium is "Supporting Wounded Warriors and Their Families-Turning Yesterday's Lessons and Today's Challenges Into Tomorrow's Realities". The event will include anecdotes from wounded warriors, their caregivers and their family members, as well as information on services available to help WII service members on their path to recovery, and will conclude with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The ASYMCA at NMCSD have planned several events to honor NMCSD's Army, Navy and Marine WII service members. Five combat-injured service members were recognized for their service during the Chargers versus Raiders pre-game ceremony Nov. 10. Their names were announced and a short biography on each service member was read. The ASYMCA also assisted in getting four WII service members admission to the Carrier Classic, a basketball game between North Carolina and Michigan State, held on the Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson. President Obama also attended the game, and shook hands with several wounded service members. Additionally, the night prior to the game, five WII service members were given the opportunity to have dinner with the teams, coaches, and other VIPs at the Veteran's Museum in Balboa Park.
Wounded warriors looking for something different this Thanksgiving holiday are invited to Santee Fire Station Nov. 24 at 12 p.m. for a traditional Thanksgiving meal with transportation provided by one of the station's fire engines.
For more information on events honoring WII service members, or to volunteer, contact the Armed Services YMCA at 619-532-8156 or visit www.militaryymca.com
For more information on NMCSD's WII care click the link: http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcsd/Pages/News/news-20100719.aspx