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Navy SEALs are being given a chance at living fuller, heathier lives after their service.

The Navy SEAL Foundation’s Warrior Fitness Program offers physical and mental coaching for those in need of extra support.

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Former Navy SEAL Chris Irwin shared his experience with the program in an interview, telling Fox News Digital he approached the program as a “warrior rehab kind of concept — like a full reset.”

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Irwin currently lives in Whitefish, Montana, and spent 14 years in active duty, checking into SEAL Team 5 in 1999.

After six years in the reserves, Irwin went on to pursue multiple careers in health and fitness before joining the Navy SEAL Foundation in 2018, where he currently works as communications director.

The Navy SEAL Foundation’s Warrior Fitness Program offers physical and mental coaching for SEALs who are in need of extra support. Inset: Chris Irwin, Navy SEAL Foundation communications director and retired Navy SEAL (Navy SEAL Foundation)

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That same year, Irwin enrolled in the foundation’s four- to six-week Warrior Fitness Program at its East Coast facility in Virginia Beach.

The former SEAL initially joined the program to address a variety of chronic issues related to mental and physical health, he said.

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Navy SEAL Foundation CEO Robin King, based in California, told Fox News Digital in a separate interview how the program works, noting that it’s “more than just a gym.”

She said, “The Warrior Fitness program is a transformative initiative that the foundation created in combination with Virginia High Performance.”

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Robin King, CEO of the Navy SEAL Foundation, emphasized that both Warrior Fitness Program facilities are “more than just a gym.” (Navy SEAL Foundation)

“It is an intensive program designed to allow our Navy SEAL warriors a space to rejuvenate their bodies, reset their minds and nurture their spirits.”

King added, “It is a place where resilience is forged and recovery takes place. It focuses on biomechanics, strength, pain management, memory, cognition, nutrition, education, recovery and community connection.”

The program gives Navy SEAL warriors “a space to rejuvenate their bodies, reset their minds and nurture their spirits.”

Lodging, travel, meals and other amenities are fully covered.

Participants have considered the program to be “nothing short of life-changing, and sometimes life-saving,” said King.

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The program resulted from the foundation’s recognition that SEALs needed assistance after active duty, King said. 

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“After more than 20 years — with the war on terror and what is currently going on in the world and the activity of the SEAL community — we are seeing a lot of traumatic brain injury and the effects of that,” she said.

“Throughout their careers, they deal with a lot of blast exposure — and those are often labeled the ‘invisible wounds of war.’”

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The foundation’s CEO, Robin King, wants other Navy SEALs to know that “we’ve got room for everybody” in the Warrior Fitness program. (Navy SEAL Foundation)

The program is available for veterans as well as active-duty SEALs who are injured or who are transitioning back into civilian life.

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“As they’re transitioning out, they’re looking at life in a different way,” King said. “And so, they’re provided all of this education to ensure that they’re thinking about their bodies in a different way.”

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Irwin said the program takes SEALs through “multiple workouts a day,” including a lot of recovery-focused activities.

Participants have the opportunity to use flow tanks for meditation, get massages and receive chiropractic care if needed. They can also consult with a nutritionist on dietary guidance and a cognitive speech pathologist to help with mental functioning, he said.

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Participants have the opportunity to use flow tanks, receive massages and obtain chiropractic care if needed, a former Navy SEAL said. (Navy SEAL Foundation)

“It’s close to a full-time job for those four weeks,” Irwin added.

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The program has grown a great deal since Irwin completed it six years ago, he noted.

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This includes the 2023 opening of the Warrior Fitness Program’s multimillion-dollar West Coast facility in San Diego, California.

“[It’s] cutting edge, state-of-the-art, top to bottom,” Irwin said. “We really wanted to make this as available as we could for guys on both coasts.”

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“The Warrior Fitness program is a transformative initiative that the foundation created in combination with Virginia High Performance,” said the Navy Seal Foundation’s CEO.  (Navy SEAL Foundation)

While Navy SEALs are known for enduring extremely difficult training regimens, some of them have reported learning new practices and effective workouts through the program.

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SEALs “who have been there for 20 or 30 years say things like, ‘I thought I understood working out. I thought I knew about strength training, but what I learned here is just so different,’” King said.

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“If you can learn as much as you possibly can about each little muscle group and … how to open up your spine and your neck, you can relieve a lot of that pain, and that makes a big difference in people’s lives.”

Irwin agreed that no matter how much training a SEAL has had, those transitioning out can always benefit from new modalities.

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Chris Irwin, Navy SEAL Foundation communications director and retired Navy SEAL, said that no matter how much training SEALs have had, they can always benefit from new modalities. (Navy SEAL Foundation)

For other SEALs interested in enrolling in the program, Irwin encouraged them to embrace the “whole body and mind approach.”

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He advised, “Go in with the mindset of, ‘I’m going to do exactly what they tell me and try to be the best student I can possibly be, and that’s the way I’m going to get the results I’m hoping for.’”

He added, “I think every single [SEAL] should go through the program at some point in their career.”

King emphasized that the foundation is doing its best to ensure that community members and families know that help is available.

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“We’re always going to be available for anybody who says, ‘I really need a reset on this. I really need to talk to somebody. I really need to go over this particular pain issue I have,’” the foundation’s CEO said. (Navy SEAL Foundation)

“The Navy SEAL Foundation is actively pursuing research into any information and treatments that we can bring forward to help this community and guide them through challenging injuries,” King said.

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Founded in 2000, the Navy SEAL Foundation is a national nonprofit.

Its “mission [is] to provide critical support for the warriors, veterans and families of Naval Special Warfare and our Gold Star and surviving families,” according to the CEO.

The foundation has developed over 30 programs to support the needs of Navy SEALs in all stages of service.

For more information on the foundation, anyone can visit navysealfoundation.org.

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Medical director of Virginia hospital goes on trial for alleged sexual abuse of former patients

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The former longtime medical director of a Virginia hospital that serves vulnerable children used physical examinations as a “ruse” to sexually abuse two teenage patients, a prosecutor said Monday, while the physician’s attorney “adamantly” denied any inappropriate conduct.

The trial of Daniel N. Davidow of Richmond, who for decades served as the medical director of the Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents, opened Monday morning in New Kent County, where a judge will weigh the charges against him.

Davidow, along with the hospital and its parent company, faces a separate civil proceeding in which dozens of former patients have accused him of inappropriate touching, allegations he also has denied. He was criminally charged in December 2022 with four felony counts in connection with allegations made by two of those former patients.

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The young women, who were teenagers when they were admitted to Cumberland, both testified Monday, saying Davidow groped their breasts and genitals during a physical examination as part of the admissions process.

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“I teared up. I was in shock,” one woman told the court.

One woman said the abuse continued in subsequent exams, and the other said she had additional encounters in which Davidow touched her inappropriately or made her uncomfortable.

Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents is seen on Sept. 20, 2022, in New Kent, Virginia, where Daniel N. Davidow was the medical director. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

T. Scott Renick, the top prosecutor in New Kent County east of Richmond, where the hospital is located, said in his opening statement that the girls were in extremely vulnerable conditions, living without their parents or other caregivers at the residential facility that specializes in complex cases and sometimes takes patients from other states under court order.

“The truth is that the so-called exams were a ruse” to touch the two girls inappropriately, Renick said, adding that as the medical director for the facility, Davidow “had complete control over them.”

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Defense attorney Craig Cooley said Davidow “adamantly” denies the allegations. He said other clinicians who had been in the room with Davidow during exams as a chaperone will testify that they never saw any inappropriate touching of either former patient, and he described Davidow as a dedicated physician committed to helping even the most difficult or medically complex children.

Cooley also raised concerns about the former patients’ motivations, noting that they are each seeking many millions of dollars in the pending civil matter.

“They have an interest in the outcome of this case,” he said.

One of the former patients told Cooley during a pointed exchange that she was unfamiliar with the legal system and never set out to win compensation. She engaged with the attorneys representing her in the civil case because she thought they could help her “by getting justice,” she testified.

The Associated Press is not naming either woman because it generally does not identify those who say they have been sexually assaulted.

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Near the end of Monday’s hearing, after the prosecution rested its case, Cooley — a well-known Virginia defense attorney — made an unsuccessful motion to strike the charges, raising concerns about the women’s credibility and discrepancies between various accounts they had given about the alleged misconduct.

“We have these accusations, but they change,” he said.

Renick responded that Cooley was trying to “get us all off in the woods” by noting what he characterized as minor differences in accounts they’d given. Inconsistencies or additions to the testimonies of victims are normal, he said.

“When kids come forward and they disclose in these situations it’s not always all at once,” he said.

Davidow, 71, pleaded not guilty to two counts of a felony indecent liberties charge and two counts of object sexual penetration, also a felony.

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Cumberland, located about a half-hour’s drive, east of Richmond, treats children and young adults with complex medical needs, including chronic illnesses, brain injuries and neurobehavioral disorders. Cooley described it as unique in the country for the type of cases it takes on, accepting patient referrals from around the world, he said.

Cooley, who listed nearly three dozen witnesses who may be called, was expected to begin presenting his defense Tuesday.

He declined to comment after Monday’s hearing, as did attorneys representing the former patients in the civil case.

Virginia State Police began investigating staff at the hospital in October 2017, a spokeswoman has said, and Davidow is at least the third former Cumberland staffer to be charged with a crime in connection with a patient.

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One, a psychotherapist, was charged with sexually abusing a patient and died by suicide the same day he was due in court for a plea hearing. The other, a behavioral technician, was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading no contest to an allegation that she intentionally burned a disabled child with scalding water.

Five plaintiffs in the civil case, which has survived an attempt by the defendants to have it dismissed and another attempt to have its claims pared back under the state’s medical malpractice law, are set for trial in September.

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Some of 49 migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard by the state of Florida are now able to legally work in US

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Some of the illegal migrants sent from Florida to Massachusetts may be given the right to work and live in the U.S. as “victims” of “criminal activity.”

Forty-nine migrants were flown to Martha’s Vineyard in September 2022 by Gov. Ron DeSantis’s government in protest of blue states’ disregard for mass illegal immigration’s effects on southern states.

Some of these illegal migrants were from the state of Florida, and some of them were from Texas. The latter are now being given “U visas” that will allow them legal status and working capacity in the U.S. as victims of potential crimes, their attorney announced.

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Venezuelan migrants gather at the Vineyard Haven ferry terminal in Martha’s Vineyard after arriving on a flight. (Carlin Stiehl for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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Sheriff Javier Salazar of Bexar County, Texas, certified that those illegal migrants formerly within his jurisdiction that were flown to Massachusetts are qualified for the visas after an investigation by the county’s Organized Crime Division.

Salazar has previously recommended that the Bexar County district attorney bring charges for crimes related to deceptive tactics of transporting the migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.

“The Governor of Florida orchestrated the abduction of 49 human beings. The actions of all those involved in this scheme were criminal,” attorney Rachel Self accused in a statement following the U visa eligibility announcement. “The Bexar County DA’s inaction in this matter is concerning and cannot be understated.”

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has expressed intentions to continue flying illegal migrants from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard despite outcry from the Massachusetts town. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

DeSantis had the migrants flown to the Massachusetts island to highlight the Biden administration’s border policies, which have been heavily criticized by Republicans amid record-numbers of illegal immigrants entering the U.S. 

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His initiative has run parallel to similar red state to blue state migrant flights in Texas.

Residents on Martha’s Vineyard were caught off guard and scrambled to provide resources for them upon their arrival. The National Guard was eventually activated in response. 

 

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Migrants attempt to cross into the U.S. from Mexico at the border in Jacumba Hot Springs, California. (Nick Ut/Getty Images)

Earlier this year, the governor’s office told Fox News Digital that the flights were “conducted lawfully and authorized by the Florida Legislature.”

“We look forward to Florida’s next illegal immigrant relocation flight, and we are glad to bring national attention to the crisis at the southern border,” said DeSantis Deputy Press Secretary Julia Friedland.

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Fox News Digital’s Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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Woman beaten to death in Miami Beach: report

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A woman was fatally beaten early Tuesday outside the Miami City Ballet in the tourist hotspot of Miami Beach, according to a local report. 

The Miami Beach Police Department told Fox News Digital in a statement that it is “currently conducting a death investigation in the area of 22 Street and Liberty Avenue.” 

“The investigation is in its preliminary stages, and our team is working to gather all relevant information,” a spokesperson added, urging anyone with information to contact the department’s detectives. 

Sources told WSVN that the victim was a woman who was fatally beaten. The station reports that what appeared to be a blood-soaked blanket was also found at the scene. 

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A body was found early Tuesday outside the Miami City Ballet building in Miami Beach, Florida, according to WSVN. (Google Maps)

The body has since been taken away from the area, but the woman has not been publicly identified, it added. 

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The Miami Beach Police Department says the investigation “is in its preliminary stages.” (Miami Beach Police Department)

Further details were not immediately available. 

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The Miami Beach Police Department headquarters in Miami Beach, Florida. (Google Maps)

 

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Miami Beach has been a popular destination for spring breakers, although the city has instituted a curfew. 

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