Category: Military

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Combat Casualty Assistance Nurse Program Offers Post-Combat Relief

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Combat Casualty Assistance Nurse Program

Rick Williams spent more than two decades as a Rear Admiral in the US Navy, leading complex operations and managing multifaceted organizations. Today, Rear Admiral Rick Williams supports the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which operates the Combat Casualty Assistance Nurse Program to assist sailors and marines adversely affected by combat.

Combat experience can significantly change a person, with effects ranging from long-standing physical injuries to emotional duress that persists long after leaving the military. The CCA Visiting Nurse Program employs a team of skilled nurses who make personal visits to sailors and marines, their families, and their caregivers and provide them with the necessary resources to effectively deal with the aftermath. Nurses help clients understand injuries received during combat, resulting diagnoses, and recovery or rehabilitation processes. In addition, nurses can discuss reoccurring issues and available resources.

The program is open to individuals who served in the US Navy or Marine Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, or Operation Enduring Freedom. Individuals seeking assistance do not need to show ID and may request a visit at any time, regardless of current military status.

U.S. Navy Christens 17th Virginia Class Submarine

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South Dakota

Rear Admiral Rick Williams earned a master of arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval War College in 1996. Beginning his career with the U.S. Navy in 1984, Rick Williams became a rear admiral in 2012, after which he led a number of air, ship, and shore groups in various mission areas.

In October of 2017, the U.S. Navy christened its 17th Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine, the South Dakota (SSN 790), though it won’t be commissioned for service until the latter part of 2018.

The sub was built by Newport News Shipbuilding, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., and the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics. Its propulsion is based on a single shaft design powered by a nuclear reactor and it can travel at a speed of more than 25 knots.

The crew consists of 117 enlisted sailors and 15 officers, and it boasts cutting-edge technology in stealth, weaponry, and intelligence gathering. Its mission is to destroy enemy submarines and surface ships while simultaneously projecting power on land with a payload of Tomahawk missiles and the ability to deliver special operations forces.

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Quick Assist Loan Program

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Quick Assist Loan

A former rear admiral with the United States Navy, Rick Williams has held leadership positions in the air, at sea, and on land. He is currently pursuing a business career in the private sector. Outside of the professional arena, Rick Williams supports the charitable efforts of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

For well over a century, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society has been providing financial assistance and educational opportunities to members of the United States Navy/Marine Corps and their eligible family members. The Society’s focus on meeting the immediate needs of its client base is reflected in its Quick Assist Loan (QAL) program.

Designed to help active duty sailors and marines who need money fast, the QAL program provides interest-free loans to help meet basic living expenses and handle family emergencies. To provide financial assistance inexpensively and quickly, the QAL requires no application fee or scheduled appointments. Qualified candidates can receive as much as $500 in emergency funds in a matter of minutes.

In order to receive a QAL, service professionals must have enough time left on their military contracts to repay the loan in full. They cannot have any existing outstanding loans with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society nor any active or pending disciplinary actions within the past six months that impact pay rate or rank.

Navy Relief Visiting Nurse Program Offers Home Visits


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Navy Relief Visiting Nurse Program

A former member of the US Navy, Rear Admiral Rick Williams possesses more than two decades of experience leading complex operations and managing multifaceted organizations. Rear Admiral Rick Williams continues to support the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (Navy Relief) outside his current pursuits in business development. Navy Relief serves active duty and retired Sailors and Marines and administers programs such as the Visiting Nurse (VN) Program.

The VN Program operates as part of the Society Visiting Nurse Program and arranges for registered nurses to provide in-home visits to active duty or retired Sailors and Marines. Services focus on medical consultation and referrals, and nurses will occasionally work with a service members’ health care teams to provide medical updates between doctor visits. However, visiting nurses cannot offer emergency or bedside care.

During home visits, nurses can recommend resources, answer questions, and educate the household on a variety of health topics such as medical care and medications. Retirees can discuss concerns regarding chronic medical conditions that may accompany aging. In addition, Navy and Marine Corps families with newborn infants can receive important information about childcare and other topics including breastfeeding and baby weight checks.

Society visiting nurses work through Navy Relief offices located at Navy and Marine Corps bases nationwide and will travel within a reasonable distance of their stationed offices.