Tag Archives: wounded warrior

Invictus Games 2014: A Medical Perspective

By Cmdr. John Biery, senior medical advisor, Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor I had the incredible honor of supporting the wounded warrior athletes participating in the Invictus Games in London this past September.  It was the first-ever international adaptive athletics competition for wounded, ill or injured service members from 13 countries – from Afghanistan, to Germany, to New Zealand. …

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Standing Tall Again

By Chief Yeoman Javier Rodriguez Santiago Editor’s note: Navy Chief Yeoman Javier Rodriguez Santiago was injured in a motorcycle accident in January 2011. After the accident, he underwent multiple surgeries and was confined to a wheelchair. In this blog post he details the reasoning behind his recent decision to amputate, as well as the aftermath of that decision. He is …

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A Mission of Care

By Cmdr. Jean Fisak, NC, assistant director, Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control Deploying can be a stressful time, but it’s especially hard for Sailors who deploy individually. A Mobile Care Team (MCT) sees Individual Augmentees, Sailors who are pulled together as a unit into a Navy command, Sailors trained to deploy while embedded with the Army, joint …

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Therapy Dogs: Meet Lucca

Lt. j.g. Brendan Finton, psychology doctoral student, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences    Dogs have held a special place in the military for years, in a variety of positions as working dogs, service dogs and therapy dogs. In military medicine, the issue of dogs is now at the forefront as it has become common practice to consider service dogs …

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When Johnny Came Home: A Story of Wheelchair Basketball at Naval Hospital Corona

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Naval Hospital Corona, Calif., was a crown jewel of Navy Medicine in the 1940s. A former luxury resort for Hollywood stars, the U.S. Navy purchased it 1941 by order of President Franklin Roosevelt for use as a hospital.  Indoor spas that had once pampered Hollywood’s elite were …

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