Sailors and Coast Guardsman may self-refer to the program or be referred by family members, command leadership or medical providers.
After an injury or illness, wounded warriors may feel apprehensive about their future, angry about their restricted capacity to work, or abandoned by the Navy or Coast Guard.
Along with a wounded warrior’s family and the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor non-medical care management team, military leaders play a crucial role in supporting personnel during sudden and unforeseeable transitions. Leaders are encouraged stay involved and follow up on a wounded warrior’s recovery to help minimize their feelings of discomfort and distress throughout the rehabilitation process.
During recovery and rehabilitation, wounded warriors can experience heightened stress and a range of challenges because of changes to their physical or psychological condition. These issues can impact the rate of wounded warriors’ recovery and healing. To promote healing and an acceptance of change, leaders are encouraged to keep regular contact with wounded warriors and their families, and provide information on available resources.
- Commanding officers
- Command master chiefs
- Department heads
- Division officers
Leaders also play a crucial role in raising awareness of Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor, including the populations it serves and the services it provides. Whenever an opportunity to address the fleet surfaces, leaders are encouraged to mention the program to ensure service members are armed with critical knowledge when an unexpected illness or injury occurs.