By Heidi Weller – AUSN Navy Magazine
The journeys taken by our wounded, ill and injured warriors are daunting, often heart-wrenching. The Navy Culinary specialist seaman diagnosed with Moyamoya disease, a rare, progressive cerebrovascular disorder, after only three years of service. The Navy hospital corpsman who, while running to the aid of a fellow service member, stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED), ultimately losing a leg. The utilitiesman (Seabee combat warfare specialist) who suffered a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder following several gun battles. Life for these service members changed in a minute, leaving them with limited resources or support. The Navy Safe Harbor Foundation (NSHF) and the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN), workin gin conjunction with the Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor (NWW-Safe Harbor) program, are helping to ease the burdens borne by Sailors, Coast Guard members and their families in such situations.