Programs and Initiatives
Invisible Wounds Initiative
Invisible Wounds Initiative

Overview

The Invisible Wounds Initiative (IWI) was created by Air Force senior leadership to successfully support Airmen and their families coping with Invisible Wounds (IW) by developing an expected environment of understanding, trust, and open discourse among Airmen, their families, their peers, and their Leadership. The goal is to eliminate real and perceived structural, social, internal, and external barriers to care and treat Airmen with dignity throughout the recovery process.

 

ROAD TO CARE AND RECOVERY

Seek Care

Are you or someone you know showing symptoms of an invisible wound? Seek care early and often. Various resources are available to support you and your family.

 

Unseen, but not Ignored

  • Roughly 85 percent of Airmen who are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress (PTS) can return to duty

  • A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen to anyone; 85-95 percent recover from mild TBI within days or weeks

  • The four major Evidence-Based Treatments (EBT) for invisible wounds have resulted in significant

  • improvements for those who seek care: up to 80 percent show improvement in symptoms with a full course of EBT

  • Successful treatment and a positive outcome are greatly enhanced by early intervention for symptoms of PTS and TBI

Receive Care

Connect with medical and non-medical services that will assist you throughout the care process, help you build a care management team, and support your recovery.

Return to Duty

  • Participate in activities and programs that promote continued wellness

  • Share your story and help others seek care

Continue Care

Continue recovery while reintegrating to your unit or transitioning to civilian life.

 

Retirement/Separation

  • Begin anew with ongoing support from available resources

  • Participate in continuing care events with organizations like AFW2 and Military OneSource

AVAILABLE RESOURCES (Include but are not limited to):

 

Military Crisis Line

Free, confidential support 24/7 for immediate assistance for those in crisis

 

1-800-273-8255

 

Military Treatment Facility (MTF)

Visit these on-base facilities for direct health and wellness care for Airmen, Air Force veterans, and their families.

 

www.tricare.mil/mtf

 

USAF Chaplain Corps

Provides confidential care and counseling, a listening ear, guidance, and religious support; contact the chapel team at the base chapel or get connected with the 24/7 duty chaplain through the base command post.

 

Vet Center Program

Provide readjustment counseling post-deployment for Airmen, veterans, and their families; aid in successful adjustment into civilian life.

 

www.vetcenter.va.gov

 

Military OneSource

A comprehensive DoD resource that provides health and wellness resources and confidential help, including connecting Airmen and their families to specialized peer support groups and Military and Family Life Counseling (MFLC).

 

militaryonesource.mil/

 

1-800-342-9647

 

Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC)

Provides an array of services, such as crisis support and military family life counselors. Offers information and referrals to ensure Airmen and their families connect with on- and off-base resources for personal and work life success.

 

The Real Warriors Campaign

The campaign’s online resources include psychological health and traumatic brain injury information customized for current and former military service members, their families, and the health professionals who serve them.

 

www.realwarriors.net

 

Commanders and First Sergeants

Communicate with your leaders; it is their role to support you.