Wounded Warriors Honored in New York City
(November 10, 2010)
|NEW YORK (NNS - 11/6/2010) -- Seven Navy wounded warriors
were honored Nov. 3, in New York City at the Bob Woodruff
Foundation's 4th annual "Stand-Up For Heroes" benefit.|
Throughout the week, these Sailors, their spouses, family
members, and friends participated in receptions and
sightseeing, attended a comedy show, and were part of the
Good Morning America audience.
"This is a fun and well-deserved opportunity for these
service members," said Capt. Key Watkins, director of Navy
Safe Harbor, the Navy and Coast Guard's wounded warrior
program. "They've dedicated so much to our Nation -- to
their fellow citizens; it's great for them to enjoy New York
City while being recognized for their commitment and their
Stand-Up For Heroes was hosted by Jon Stewart and featured
special performances by music and comedy icons such as Jerry
Seinfeld, Tony Bennett and Bruce Springsteen. Stand-Up
brought together leaders from business, entertainment and
philanthropy to raise funds to help injured service members
and their families as they return to their communities.
"It was a tremendous honor to be included," said Stephnie
Rose, wife of Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Justin Rose, who
was injured in Afghanistan in July 2009 when an IED
explosion rocked the vehicle he was in.
"It meant so much seeing the generosity of organizations
like the Bob Woodruff Foundation, and the support of people
like Jon Stewart and other celebrities was amazing," said
As for her nerves about walking the red carpet leading up to
the event, Mrs. Rose said, "Being beside my husband and
being proud of him took all my worries away."
The event was broadcast to troops on Defense Video and
Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) and ABC News, reaching
hundreds of thousands of service members and support
personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as
hundreds of service members recovering or rehabilitating at
Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation provides resources and support
to service members, veterans and their families to
successfully reintegrate into their communities so they may
thrive physically, psychologically, socially and
economically. Through a public education movement called
ReMIND.org, the Bob Woodruff Foundation helps educate the
public about the needs of service members returning from war
— especially the one in five service members who have
sustained hidden injuries such as Traumatic Brain Injury and
Combat Stress, including Post Traumatic Stress, Depression
and Anxiety and empowers communities nationwide to take
"The Navy is committed to caring for our wounded warriors
and their families, so being part of an event that creates
an even greater awareness of their sacrifice and commitment,
and also the invisible wounds of war was truly amazing,"
For more information about Navy Safe Harbor, visit
www.safeharbor.navy.mil or follow the program on
Facebook and Twitter.
By Navy Safe Harbor Public Affairs
Navy News Service
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