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HM3 Malcolm Carey Named Warrior of the Month

August 21, 2023 | Story by Alyssa Ross | Navy Wounded Warrior

WASHINGTON - Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Malcolm Carey was stationed at Naval Medical Center San Diego in the labor and delivery unit when his life changed on May 10, 2022.

A serious motorcycle accident left him unconscious and unresponsive. He was rushed to Scripps Memorial Hospital when they notified his wife, Alexandra, who is also in the Navy. 

She contacted his chain of command, which helped her with the next steps. Once he was stable, he transferred to Naval Hospital Balboa and Alexandra contacted Navy Wounded Warriors and was connected with Recovery Care Coordinator Norm Ramos. 

"My husband wanted, more than anything, to be in the Navy," said Alexandra, "but with the severity of his accident, his thoughts about his career became such a burden, with anxiety of not having any answers. After just our first conversation with Norman, his anxiety and worries about his career grew smaller every day."

As is common with unexpected life changes, the Careys were not prepared for all the challenges that would come their way as they adapted to a new normal. Navy Wounded Warrior has helped them navigate these uncharted waters. 

When Alexandra stopped working to care for Malcolm, housing became a major obstacle. Before the accident, the couple lived with roommates in Oceanside, but the commute to San Diego wasn't sustainable. The cost of housing and limited availability put her in a bind. 

"I looked for months on my own and found nothing," she said. "I mentioned the situation to [my care team] and they told me if and when I wanted to try for military housing, they would be ther to help. Within two weeks, we had accessible housing two miles from the hospital This was our saving grace."

Malcolm was discharged in mid-July 2023 and they moved in two days later. Being so close, Alexandra is able to bring him back and forth to the hospital for his daily therapies. 

"Navy Wounded Warrior has drastically improved our lives. Every day, we wake up in our own house together. We are thankful for every little thing they've done to make our lives easier." 

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If you are not already enrolled in Navy Wounded Warrior, contact us at 855-NAVY WWP/855-628-9997 or via email at navywoundedwarrior.fct@navy.mil to determine your eligibility. Navy Wounded Warrior hosts a series of adaptive athletic reconditioning camps at naval bases throughout the country that focus on strength training, nutrition and a variety of sports. Active-duty athletes of all ability levels are welcome, with limited space for veterans. The program also involves enrollees in camps hosted by partner organizations and international competitions, such as the Invictus Games.

Follow Navy Wounded Warrior on Facebook and Instagram and keep an eye on the News & Events section of the website for announcements about upcoming camp deadlines.

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Sailors and Coast Guardsmen may self-refer to Navy Wounded Warrior, or be referred by a family member, their command leadership or their medical team. Contact the Navy Wounded Warrior call center at 855-NAVY WWP / 855-628-9997, or email navywoundedwarrior.fct@navy.mil.

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