The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) is a Congressionally-mandated, federally-funded program that provides personalized care, services and advocacy to seriously or very seriously wounded, ill or injured Total Force recovering service members and their Caregivers and families. AFW2 focuses on specific personal and family needs and includes programs that cover a gamut of situations throughout the recovery process and beyond.
We will provide well-coordinated & personalized support to wounded, ill or injured Total Force recovering service members (RSM) and their Caregivers and families. The program will advocate for the RSM to ensure accessibility and minimize delays and gaps in medical and non-medical service. We will use a 7 Phase Continuum of Care that runs from the initial identification through recovery and rehabilitation to reintegration back into active duty or transition to retirement or separation. The Continuum of Care allows us to anticipate needs of the RSM and to connect them with resources to assist them as needed. The goal is to provide a refined, simplified transition back to duty or into civilian life, ensuring RSMs are well-equipped to manage challenges as a result of their wounds, injuries or illnesses.
Eligibility & Enrollment
An Air Force Wounded Warrior is any seriously or very seriously wounded, ill or injured Airman identified as Seriously Injured (SI) or Very Seriously Injured (VSI) on a Casualty Morning Report, or recommended by the medical community as having a highly complex medical condition. Also included are Airmen who have been referred to the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and/or other mental health conditions, or Air Reserve Component Airmen who have been retained for more than six months on medical Title 10 orders, or returned to Title 10 orders, for medical conditions related to deployment.
The Recovery Team (RT) is an integral part of the Recovery Coordination Program, providing individualized support, care management and coordination. Key RT members include Recovery Care Coordinators, Non-Medical Care Managers, Medical Care Case Managers, Commanders, First Sergeants and families and Caregivers. The RT uses the Continuum of Care to provide services and anticipate the needs of RSMs, Caregivers and families. Services the RT provides typically include Comprehensive Recovery Planning, resolution of pay and personnel issues, connecting RSMs with local and Department of Defense resource, lodging and housing adaptation, child and youth care series and transportation. While the goal of AFW2 is to return RSMs to active duty, that is not always possible. In those cases where the member will have to transition to Veteran status we provide a warm hand-off with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The AFW2 Warrior Care Support Programs focus on specific personal and family needs through individualized support. Programs include:
--Family Liaison Officer Program (FLO)
--Caregiver Support Program
--Adaptive & Rehabilitative Sports Program
--Recovering Airman Mentorship Program (RAMP)
--Employment/Career Readiness Program
--Special Compensation for Assistance With Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Program
--Communication and Outreach event opportunities
Every week we recognize a Wounded Warrior enrolled in our program.This #warriorwednesday we recognize Staff Sgt. Bryenna Leigh Brooks. She joined the Air Force in 2008 as a Medic. Sgt. Brooks deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 supporting the 101st Sustainment Brigade at Bagram Airfield as an independent convoy medic. During one off-base convoy her vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade causing multiple injuries for which she was awarded the Purple Heart. She was recognized as one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year in 2012.
Wounded Warrior Ethics Principles
The 2016 DoD Warrior Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. Approximately 250 athletes will participate in eight sporting events, representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command and the British Armed Forces. The DoD Warrior Games highlight the resiliency and warrior spirit of service members, veterans and their families and caregivers. Adaptive sports and athletic reconditioning activities play a fundamental role in the successful recovery and reintegration of our service members and veterans. Click below for the Department of Defense Warrior Games web site.
The National Resource Directory connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families and caregivers with agencies and services that support them. People can find national, state, and local programs and services by clicking here.