Anyone can refer an Airman to the AFW2 Program. Simply download the worksheet below and email it here.

Wounded, Ill, and Injured Referral Worksheet

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Warrior CARE week shows strength through teamwork

Warrior play sitting volleyball

Air Force wounded warriors practice bumps and sets during a volleyball training session at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 14, 2017. The training session was part of North East Warrior Care Week which provided attendees with mental, physical and emotional recovery services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Hurd)

Warrior plays sitting volleyball

Nicholas Dadgostar, Air Force wounded warrior athlete, plays volleyball during a U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior CARE event at the Tactical Fitness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 13, 2017. The event provided AFW2 members focused and personalized care for rehabilitation, mentorship and career opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mariah Haddenham)

Warrior sits with service dog

Adrianna Ruark, U.S. Air Force wounded warrior, sits with her service dog during a U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior CARE event at the Tactical Fitness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 13, 2017. The event provided AFW2 members focused and personalized care for rehabilitation, mentorship and career opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mariah Haddenham)

USAF Honor Guard presents colors

Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard present the American flag during opening ceremonies for the North East Warrior CARE Week at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 13, 2017. Gen. David L. Goldfein, U.S. Air Force chief of staff, and his wife, Dawn Goldfein, visited with Warrior CARE week attendees as a show of support for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program. The week is part of Warrior CARE Month, highlighting the importance of caring for the Nation's wounded, ill and seriously injured service men and women, their families and caregivers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

CSAF shakes hand with Wounded Warrior

Gen. David L. Goldfein, U.S. Air Force chief of staff, shakes hands with a wounded warrior during opening ceremonies for the North East Warrior CARE Week at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 13, 2017. The event provided seriously wounded, ill and injured Airmen, veterans and their caregivers focused and personalized service through caregiver support training, adaptive and rehabilitative sports events, recovering Airman mentorship training and employment and career readiness classes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Archer Aims

An Air Force wounded warrior takes aim during an archery training session at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 13, 2017. The training session was part of North East Warrior Care Week that provided attendees with mental, physical and emotional recovery services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Hurd)

Warrior runs on track

Military veteran athletes run during a U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Care event at the Tactical Fitness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 13, 2017. The event provided AFW2 members focused and personalized care for rehabilitation, mentorship and career opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mariah Haddenham)

Warrior paints

Staff Sgt. Mark Hajduk, 11th Civil Engineer Explosive Ordinance Disposal craftsman and Air Force Wounded Warrior athlete, paints a flower during a “painting with a purpose” resiliency class in Oxon Hill, Md., Nov. 13, 2017. The resiliency program was part of the Air Force Wounded Warrior North East CARE week that ran from Nov. 13 to 17 at Oxon Hill and on Joint Base Andrews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Warriors play wheelchair basketball

Military veteran athletes participate in basketball drills at the Tactical Fitness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 13, 2017. The event provided AFW2 members focused and personalized care for rehabilitation, mentorship and career opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mariah Haddenham)

Looking for the perfect shot
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Airman 1st Class Mirissa Byer, 11th Medical Group medical technician and Air Force Wounded Warrior medic, shoots an air rifle at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 13, 2017. The Warrior CARE event ranged from archery to guidance classes aiming to provide a sense a sense of normalcy to wounded warriors and promoting mental and physical wellness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Shooting instructors teaching
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U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior coaches teach wounded warriors how to shoot an air gun at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 13, 2017. The training session was in conjunction with North East Warrior CARE Week which hosted various sports presentations and lessons for wounded warriors to introduce them to new outlets and prepare potential competitors for the 2018 Invictus Games and Department of Defense Warrior Games. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Archers aim
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Air Force wounded warriors practice their archery skills during an Air Force Wounded Warrior CARE event training session at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 13, 2017. The archery event took place during North East Warrior CARE Week, which provided service members, their caregivers and families an opportunity to engage in physical activities, learn about the many areas of recovery and build camaraderie with other attendees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Hurd)

Warrior Golfs
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Aaron Ojard, Air Force Wounded Warrior sports mentor, demonstrates how to chip a golf ball at an Air Force Wounded Warrior CARE event at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 14, 2017. The event was part of North East Warrior CARE Week, which was hosted at JBA for more than 145 wounded, ill or injured service members and caregivers from around the country to be introduced to the full spectrum of support programs offered by AFW2 including sports, art and performance exhibits, and employment and career readiness training programs. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Emma James)

Warriors look at art
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Attendees of North East Warrior CARE Week events look at warrior-made artwork during a “Day of Healing” event in Oxon Hill, Md., Nov. 16, 2017. The CARE event provided seriously wounded, ill and injured Airmen, veterans and their caregivers focused and personalized service through caregiver support training, adaptive and rehabilitative sports events, recovering Airman mentorship training and employment and career readiness classes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Warrior speaks
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Tech. Sgt. Trevor Brewer, Air Force Wounded Warrior ambassador, speaks about his experience during a terrorist attack in Germany at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 15, 2017. Brewer was one of many ambassadors who shared their stories with the JBA community during the Air Force Wounded Warrior North East CARE week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. --

Team Andrews partnered with the U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Program for the North East Warrior CARE Event, held at Joint Base Andrews and Oxon Hill, Maryland, Nov. 13 through 17.

 

CARE events provide service to seriously wounded, ill and injured Airmen as well as veterans and their caregivers through caregiver support training, adaptive and rehabilitative sports events, recovering Airman mentorship training, and employment and career readiness classes.

 

“These events are meant to show warriors new ways to cope and give them tools to help with their recovery,” said Marsha Gonzales, Warrior Care Support branch chief. “They will find out that the issues they deal with are being experienced by others and learn new ways to [handle] with them.”

 

The week began with an opening ceremony during which Gen. David L. Goldfein, U.S. Air Force chief of staff, and his spouse, Dawn Goldfein, stood alongside wounded warriors and members of the JBA community in a show of support.

 

Following the ceremony, warriors joined together to train in various sports such as wheelchair basketball, golf, sitting volleyball and archery across JBA. For Warrior athletes, the physical aspect of healing coincides with the mental.

 

“The adaptive sports altogether allow me to take my mind off all of the stressors that are going on in my life,” said Frederic Rosario, AFW2 sports mentor and athlete. “They allow me to relax as well as help with physical conditioning. When we win, it helps me with my morale.”

 

All the hard work during training days culminated in sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball tournaments between the U.S. Marines and Air Force on the final day of CARE week.

 

In addition to the athletic events, there were comedy, art and music resiliency programs, ambassador workshops, speaking events and employment boot camps.

 

During “painting with a purpose,” Greg Miller, AFW2 Art Therapy instructor and wounded warrior, with the support of his wife and caregiver, Heather Miller, conducted painting sessions. Greg went step by step, guiding people on how to paint landscapes like the Capitol Building or animals like Koi fish, as a way for them to relax and heal.

 

“We all have different ways of expressing ourselves,” said Greg. “Whether it be with sports, art, music or writing, it’s important to seek some sort of avenue to deal with [ones] issues. It brings me joy to bring a spark in the eyes of the wounded warriors when they paint on canvas.”

 

Each day provided an opportunity for wounded warriors, caregivers and ambassadors to strengthen bonds and heal together. Many AFW2 members shared their experiences including Col. Nicole Malachowski, AFW2 program ambassador and first female U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot, who spoke about the dedication the program has given to her and her family as she healed from her wounds after a tick bite led to a traumatic brain injury.

 

“I honestly believe that the support and compassion and the work that the wounded warrior program has done on behalf of my family and myself has improved the rate of my recovery,” said Malachowski. “Our wounded warrior program is a testament to the power of continued teamwork and to what it means to be a wingman.

 

CARE week ultimately gave a place for wounded warriors to break down barriers and gave them a sense of belonging, said Gonzales.

 

“When we bring [warriors] together they learn they are not alone and pull together as a team,” Gonzales said. “This creates a sense of family that continues well after they leave the event. At the end of the day, the Air Force is working hard to take care of their own."

 

It is because of this effort to help wounded warriors that the program is providing individuals the tools they need to recover. The bonds created and healing accomplished has gone as far as to impact people in the best way.

 

“This program saved my life,” Rosario said. “Programs like AFW2 are saving lives.”

 

To learn more about the AFW2 Program, visit: http://www.woundedwarrior.af.mil/