Navy Region Southwest Selected October 2021's Navy Wounded Warrior of the Month
November 3, 2021 | Story by Megan Trexler | Commander, Navy Installations Command
WASHINGTON – IT3Basil Franklin was selected as the Navy Wounded Warrior of the Month by Navy Region Southwest for October 2021.
Nominated by his Non-Medical Care Manager, PSC James Kelly, Franklin joined the Navy in May 2017. In October 2017, Franklin was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL). APL is an aggressive type of acute myeloid leukemia in which there are too many immature blood-forming cells (promyelocytes) in the blood and bone marrow. This build up of promyelocytes leads to a shortage of normal white and red blood cells and platelets in the body. In April 2021, Franklin was medevac’d from Japan to Navy Medical Center San Diego to undergo daily Chemotherapy treatment.
Franklin was referred to Navy Wounded Warrior by his social worker, early in his treatment process. Franklin’s non-medical care manager have been able to assist with resources and helping to get Franklin’s parents designated as his Non-Medical Attendants (NMA).
Franklin’s mom, Darlene, shared that her family’s life “did a 180-degree flip” when her son was admitted to Navy Medical Center San Diego for aggressive in-patient treatment. “We are so thankful to Navy Wounded Warrior for assisting us every step of the way and always being available to answer any questions we may have.”
Navy Wounded Warrior is the Navy’s sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen and providing resources and support to their families. Through proactive leadership, the program provides individually-tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of the wounded warriors’ recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities.