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FALL 2018

Navy magazine is distributed on Capitol Hill,the Pentagon and naval bases around the world. It provides information that impacts Sailors, their families and the Navy. Navy is published quarterly by the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN).

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3 Ways to Help Wounded Warrior Families Over the Holidays By Sarah E. Dautel 26 Navy | Fall 2018 ISTOCKPHOTO W ith the holidays in full swing, you're stressing over the nal headcount for anksgiving, kicking yourself for not having started Christmas shopping sooner, and scheming for that perfect New Year's party. And what about that family who just moved in across the street? e wheelchair caught your eye, as did the Purple Heart on the license plate of their van. en you put two and two together. A•er initial recovery and rehabilitation, wounded warrior families o•en nd themselves permanently relocating as the service member is reassigned or transitions out of the military. ough military families are accustomed to moving, a post-injury relocation can bring with it a sense of isolation. e added factor of it being the holiday season just compounds the feeling. Many wounded warrior families assert that this sense of isolation may be the root cause of di€culties they experience. Not only are they in a new and unfamiliar area, but living away from base usually means longer drives to medical facilities, and a lack of social outlets for spouses and children. e physical distancing ends up having an emotional impact on the family: they feel out of place in civilian circles, whose members o•en cannot relate to what they've been through. Practical ways to help wounded warrior families: T SHARE YOUR FRIENDS. Wounded warrior families will still be a part of their military community, though likely over a distance. You can help the whole family settle into their new, immediate community,

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