Navy Region Southeast (NRSE) held the Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) Safe Harbor RESET event Sep. 5-8.
The event provided employment opportunities, transition-assistance education and recreation for wounded warriors.
“The goal of the event is to provide those enrolled in the Navy Wounded Warrior program and their caregivers an opportunity to “R-E-S-E-T”, which is an acronym for Recreation, Employment, Support, Education, and Transition,” said Lt. Cmdr. Therese Pederson, NRSE Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor regional event coordinator. “The event provides information on benefits, entitlements, and resources for the warriors as well as fosters a support community.”
Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay began the week’s events by hosting a job fair that connected retired and active-duty military members with local and national employers.
“We don’t want to see any homeless veterans,” said Ciara Bundrige, FFSC family employment readiness program coordinator. “We want to see everyone gain employment after his or her military career and have as much success in their post military lives as they did while they were active duty.”
Current and former Sailors in the Jacksonville area were provided the opportunity to gain potential employment via the Tri-base job fair for which access was extended to the attendees of the RESET event pilot program.
“Through this event, a peer-support community is established with the use of CREDO [Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation] provided workshops, which are forum-based to encourage open dialog and the sharing of experiences in a group setting,” said Pederson. “Growth of new relationships is encouraged through the evening social activities and recreation. The CREDO-led workshops also include sessions for transition, allowing the warrior time to develop potential ideas for creating a new roadmap for their lives and leveraging the ideas of others who are in a similar process.”
Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor helps to coordinate the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors. NWW-Safe Harbor provides resources and support to Sailors and their families.
“I retired 2 years ago from the Navy,” said Raymond Charest, FFSC work and family life consultant. “Retiring was a scary transition for me. I have a passion to make sure that our Sailors and spouses are set up in the civilian sector. I want to make sure that they have the tools to succeed outside the gate.“