Navy Wounded Warrior has provided assistance to over 7,600 seriously wounded, ill and injured service members located throughout the country.
They are not hills; they are mounds of opportunity. LT (Ret.) Joshua “Josh” Connell isn’t stop after his bronze medal during the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games. He continues to use adaptive sports on his recovery journey.
Veteran Team Navy athlete IT1 (Ret.) Pou Pou may look like a rough-around-the-edges kind of guy, but those who know him consider him a gentle giant.
Through the twist and turns of an ever-changing recovery journey, HM3 Donald Calero found new life when he joined the Navy Wounded Warrior family and started participating in the adaptive sports events.
Lorraine Currow may be a freshman Team Navy athlete, but she is not newcomer to powerlifting. Currow sets her eyes on her personal best during the upcoming Warriors Games…successfully benching 200 pounds.
Team Navy athlete, Senior Chief (Ret.) Richard Fernandez strives to find comfort on and off the field with the Navy Wounded Warrior’s adaptive sports program.
Veteran Team Navy athlete, AZ3 (Ret.) Elizabeth “Ellie” Smith expressed that since her diagnosis, she feels at home in the pool because it’s where she “feels the most normal.” She shared, “I am grateful that I can continue swimming at a competitive level through the adaptive sports program.”
Navy Wounded Warrior is proud to announce Team Navy for the 2021 Warrior Games. The team will compete during the 2021 DoD Warrior Games hosted at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
IT1 Ruth Freeman is unstoppable. Few people can say they trained to represent Team Navy during the Department of Defense Warrior Games and trained to represent Team US during the Invictus games, during most of their pregnancy, while also battling cancer.
LCDR (Ret.) Kenneth Bond believes that authenticity is more than just being true to yourself. It’s how you face life – with dignity and courage, no matter the situation.
SCPO (Ret.) Zachary “Zach” Brown joined the U.S. Navy in November 2003 and proudly served for over 17 years. Brown’s official retirement date occurred during the 2021 Team Navy Training Camp, held July 26 through August 3 at Port Hueneme, California. “It’s good to be among people that get it,” he expressed.
Former Marine Sgt. Dario Santana continues his life of service by serving as the Family Program manager at Navy Wounded Warrior headquarters
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Shanice Dansby shares her journey with Navy Wounded Warrior. ---- Story shared from DVIDS.
Former MC3 Mario Ingram, a veteran Team Navy athlete, is a self-described “foodie,” with the mindset that it’s important to keep moving forward and focusing on personal goals, despite life’s obstacles.
Congratulations to AZC Tiffainy Casey! Casey was selected as Navy Region Southwest's Navy Wounded Warrior of the Month for December 2020.
Decorated Hospital Corpsman, HMC (Ret.) Ruben “Cooky” Valenzuela strives to motivate the people around him with his infectious smile and positive attitude.
Veteran Team Navy athlete, UT2 (Ret.) Joshua “Josh” Laban has gone into each year’s “Road to the DoD Warrior Games” journey with a can-do attitude.
Navy Diver 2nd Class (Ret.) Daniel Clarke, describes himself as being adaptable. “The survivor isn’t necessarily the smartest person or the person that can do the most pushups. It’s the person that can adapt to any situation and thrive.”
CAPT (Ret.) Suzanne Brown made history when she joined the U.S. Coast Guard with her identical twin. They were the first set of female twins to join the Coast Guard Academy.
Husband and father of two amazing children, FC3 (Ret.) Jason “Rico” Reyes isn’t letting anything stop him. Reyes constantly strives to push past perceived limitations.
QMC (Ret.) Angela Everett said, “I joined the Navy because I wanted to fulfill one of the missions my grandmother had for me. She wanted me to be of service to people… I wanted that for myself, too.”
Anthony Jungblut: proud dad, devoted husband, retired Navy Pilot, and now, Navy Wounded Warrior Team Navy Athlete.
Believe to achieve. Mark Coltrain remises on the moment he found out the made the team representing the Navy at the 2021 Warrior Games.
Congratulations to YN1 (Ret.) Lorraine Currow, who was selected as 2021 Navy Wounded Warrior of the Year by Navy Safe Harbor Foundation.
Check out the Winter 2022 Edition of the Navy Wounded Warrior's Family Newsletter! --- January - March 2022
“Adventure is worthwhile.” Aesop’s quote perfectly describes freshman Team Navy athlete, LTJG Jarek Neczypor.
YN3 (Ret.) Alexis King’s blue hair and outgoing personality are not the only reason she stands out in a crowd. King did not grow up playing sports, though her presence on the court paints a different picture.
Seasoned Team Navy athlete, AD1 (Ret.) Austin Parker shares how the Navy Wounded Warrior adaptive sports program has helped in his recovery journey.
June is PTSD awareness month and to bring awareness, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Tiffany Hamilton shares her personal story.
ME2 (Ret.) Jacob Cox’s determined mindset is showcased with his favorite quote by Eric Thomas, “When you want to breathe as much as you want to success, then you will be successful." Cox is committed and focused on his goals and strives to live actively instead of living passively.
MU3 (Ret.) Abbie Johnson isn’t just a DoD Warrior Games medalist or avid marathon runner, she also holds the 2021 Miss World America title. Johnson encourages active duty military and veterans to explore using adaptive sports in their recovery journey.
Join us in cheering for Team Navy during the Military Adaptive Sports Virtual Challenge, September 13-17, 2021.
Freshman Team Navy athlete, IV John McKinney is a force to be reckoned with. Throughout his recovery journey, McKinney’s tenacity has helped him tackle obstacles head on.
One move. Make it work. Make it count. BM2 (Ret.) Frank Mmobuosi steps into the shot put ring, he gives the sport the grace, focus and power it deserves.
HM3 Michael “Mike” Diaz describes himself as persistent, as he obstinately stays on course in spite of life’s difficulties.
Everything happens for a reason, even if you don’t understand why. “Take every day as a blessing, and know that the big man upstairs gives his toughest challenges to his toughest people,” shared IC3 (Ret.) Joshua “Josh” Cooke.
Tony Jungblut finds new life after 26 years in the US Navy through Navy Wounded Warrior. For Jungblut, the Navy Wounded Warrior program offered ways to stay active though adaptive sports and avenues to receive help and care during and after his transition to civilian life.
As a seasoned Team Navy athlete, HM1 (Ret.) Carlos Valerio understands the value of camaraderie necessary for wounded warriors. Valerio said that his goal is to help build a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. He said, “When I am talking to new athletes, I tell them ‘You are part of a family now.’”