Navy Region Southwest Selected February 2021's Navy Wounded Warrior of the Month
May 17, 2021 | Story by Megan Trexler | Commander, Navy Installations Command
WASHINGTON – PR2 Stephanie Seddon was selected as the Navy Wounded Warrior of the Month by Navy Region Southwest for February 2021.
Nominated by her Non-Medical Care Manager, LCDR Young, Seddon has been enrolled with Navy Wounded Warrior for about a year and a half. After years of suffering from horrific migraines without any relief, Seddon was finally able to get the medical help she needed in October 2019. During that visit, her doctors identified cerebellar tumors and a cerebral spinal fluid leak.
Since then, Seddon has had to overcome many obstacles. “I remember waking up from brain surgery unable to move my legs and everything sounded muffled. Little did I know, the traumatic event had permanently taken the hearing from my left ear and I would need to learn to walk again,” she said.
In the last 18 months, Seddon has found success in and out of the military.
After scoring in the 95th percentile in the advancement exam, Seddon’s hard work and dedication resulted in advancement to E5, as well as being nominated by her command for Sailor of the Quarter.
Outside of work, Seddon has been preparing for her transition to the civilian world by training to become an emergency medical technician (EMT).
“Through months of both inpatient and outpatient neuro rehab, I’ve been able to recover almost all of my prior functions… I’m determined to continue strength building and pursue my dreams in the field of healthcare,” said Seddon.
Sodden acknowledged the role her treatment team and support network played in her ongoing recovery, “If it weren’t for the base paramedics and medical team, I don’t know if I would be here.”
Seddon continued, “I am here because of my significant other and #1 support, leaders at FRC Southwest, 800 Division Paraloft, close friends, and the wonderful connections at Navy Wounded Warrior.”
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.