Rear Admiral Rick Williams served as an anti-submarine warfare officer and later as a combat systems officer in several operational tours before commanding the USS McInerney between 2002 and 2004. A recipient of the Department of Homeland Security’s Golden Eagle Award, Rear Admiral Rick Williams supports the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
WWP runs a Student Ambassadors program that encourages students to come together in support of America’s veterans. In 2017, students from seven grades at Alcott Elementary School in Wolcott, Connecticut, spent several weeks saving their allowances for a Student Ambassadors fundraiser they named “Penny Wars.” The students presented WWP with a total of $1,340 in early March.
At the close of the fundraiser, a representative of WWP gave a special address to the school assembly, sharing the tale of her son who was hurt in a bomb explosion in Iraq. During the talk, she distributed WWP bracelets, pins, and stickers.
School Principal Shawn Simpson was impressed by the students’ act of community service. He even bestowed a special award, an extra 30 minutes of recess time, upon the school’s 4th grade students for raising the most funds.
During his military tenure, Rear Admiral Rick Williams spearheaded some of the armed forces’ most forward-thinking renewable energy projects. Active in assisting veterans, Rear Admiral Rick Williams supports Wounded Warrior Project and volunteers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Wounded Warrior Project recently announced its approval of a new program from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans who cannot have children because of an injury in the line of duty receive reproductive services. Congress gave the VA the authority to provide new fertility services to veterans in October, and the VA finalized its move to do so in January.
Wounded veterans and their spouses now have access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies. With this move, the VA now provides essentially the same fertility benefits to veterans and their families that the Department of Defense offers to active-duty service members. Veterans interesting in accessing these new services, or the other fertility treatments still available through the VA, are encouraged to reach out to their local VA offices to learn more.
Rick Williams was formerly a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. As an individual who has served in the capacity of rear admiral, Rick Williams donates to Navy Relief.
Navy Relief is also referred to as the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. The organization has served those in the Navy and Marines for over 100 years. It officially became incorporated in 1904, growing out of the need to assist widows and orphans of those having served in the Navy and Marines. In its first year the society gave over $9,000 to those in need.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society currently provides many different support options for individuals and family members. As just one example, newly expectant parents are able to make use of the Budget for Baby Program. Couples take the workshop together, and are given advice on how to budget for a child over his or her lifetime, as well as information about what is necessary and what is simply nice to have when getting ready for their baby. The parents-to-be also receive a visit from a relief society nurse after their baby is born.
As the recipient of armed forces awards including two Defense Superior Service and five Legions of Merit, Rear Admiral Rick Williams spent several years as commander of the Navy Surface Group Middle Pacific and Navy Region Hawaii. Rear Admiral Rick Williams remains dedicated to helping those in the armed forces and supports the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Established in 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society gives financial and educational assistance to members of the U.S. Navy and Marines as well as their family members. Its goal is to help each individual gain financial self-sufficiency and learn how to better manage his or her finances.
In November 2016, the organization announced that it would begin accepting applications for educational assistance for those pursuing an undergraduate degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Among those students eligible for applying are those under the age of 23 who are children of sailors or Marines. Money is determined based on financial need and scholastic achievement. Applicants must be high school seniors who are graduating, or full-time college students or spouses who are completing coursework toward an undergraduate degree. Students have until May 2017 to apply.
Five-time Legion of Merit medal winner Rick Williams is a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, where he led multiple ship, air, and shore groups across Naval mission areas. Outside of his military career, Rear Admiral Rick Williams is a longtime supporter of the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross recently announced the launch of a new Hero Care App for smartphones, designed to assist military veterans and their loved ones in finding access to Red Cross services worldwide.
The app boasts several features, including the ability to request aid from the Red Cross and to send emergency messages and tools to access information about the location of a service member if the need arises to find them. The app also provides users with information about other non-emergency Red Cross services, such as behavioral health assistance and financial help tools. Users also can access data about available government resources from the Veterans Administration and MilitaryOneSource. The Hero Care App can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store or by visiting www.redcross.org/apps.