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FALL 2018

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MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS JULIE MAT YASCIK 8 Navy | Fall 2018 SAFE HARBOR W hen Navy sailors and Coast Guardsmen serve their country, they expect that they'll be taken care of. But sometimes problems or bureaucratic snafus result in disabled veterans le feeling alone and without support. •at's where the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation comes in. •e foundation is dedicated to giving every service member the opportunity for full recovery aer a serious injury by coordinating non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill, and injured sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and providing them with the resources and support they and their families need. •ere is perhaps no better story that better illus- trates the work Safe Harbor does than Dennis, a veteran who has been battling brain cancer for years. Aer receiving the diagnosis and looking for help, he immediately noticed that something was di‚erent about the foundation. "Safe Harbor was „rst involved approximately two or three days aer my diagnosis back in 2011," said Dennis, who asked that his full name not be used. "•ey were amazing, and they stayed engaged throughout the entire process." •e reality is that veterans like Dennis fall through the bureaucratic cracks all the time in trying to get care, and that leaves them struggling to keep themselves and their families aŠoat. "You're part of this „ghting force for so many years," he said. "You deploy, you leave your family, and then once you're sick and retired, I don't want to make it sound like they forget about you, but the mission must go on. However, I was no longer the mission." Dennis says that "as a war„ghter" he understands 'Truly Still Here' A veteran reects on the support he received from the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation. Lt.j.g. Sean Dooley explains the capabilities of Bataan's ˆight deck to a group of disabled veterans from the Paralyzed Veterans of America while on a tour of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during Fleet Week Port Everglades.

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