The Air Force will take care of its Wounded Warriors. We will fully support the Office of the Secretary of Defense programs to keep highly skilled men and women on active duty. If this is not feasible, the Air Force will ensure Airmen receive enhanced assistance through the AFW2 program.
An Air Force Wounded Warrior is any seriously or very seriously wounded, ill or injured Airman identified on a casualty report, or recommended by the medical community, as having highly complex medical conditions identified by the medical community. 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 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. Goals There is no difference in care provided for any Total Force Member -- active, Guard, or Reserve. We will expedite the medical evaluation process if a Wounded Warrior chooses to separate from active duty.
We will ensure extraordinary care, service and assistance before and after Wounded Warriors separate or retire. Strong emphasis is placed on ensuring wounded Airmen receive professional, individualized guidance and support to help them successfully navigate their way through the complex process of transitioning out of the Air Force and returning to civilian life.
Wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from the Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Special Operations Command are competing for gold in track and field, shooting, swimming, cycling, archery, wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball during the 2013 Warrior Games this week. Events take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Click here for more news, or click on the links below.
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.
VA for Vets
VA for Vets offers career-search tools for veterans seeking employment with Veterans Affairs, career development services for existing veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military servicemembers.
The AFW2 program works hand-in-hand with the Air Force Survivor Assistance Program and Airman & Family Readiness Centers to ensure Airmen receive professional support and care from the point of injury, through separation or retirement, for life.
Advocate for services on Airman's behalf · Coordinate with closest A&FRC to ensure wounded warriors receive face-to-face, personalized services
Provide professional services such as transition assistance, employment assistance, moving assistance, financial counseling, information and referral, and emergency financial assistance
Assist in integrating Airmen and their families back into their local communities
Connect Airmen and their families with the Joint Family Support Program in each state
"My men watch closely how we take care of our fallen's widows and children and how we treat our wounded because they know that any night they could be next. They are counting on us and all of your team to get this right. I thank you for what you and your team do, it is truly critical to our fight."
-- Special Tactics Squadron commander
"I just wanted to say thank you, and that you guys are doing a great job with us Wounded Warriors. The amount of information that has been passed to me cannot be measured. [Caseworker] Candace Escobedo is a wonderful woman. She has called me numerous times checking in on me and asking if there is anything I need, or need help with. Without the AFW2 program I would have never known about Combat-Related Special Compensation. Please, keep up the good work. You guys are all I have left of the wonderful Air Force I was once part of. Thank you."
-- Name Withheld by Request
A retired Wounded Warrior
Suicide Prevention and Awareness
DCOE Outreach Center
(PTSD and Psychological Health)
Wounded Warrior Resource Call Center