The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program will be hosting another C.A.R.E event at JBSA Randolph from July 11-15, 2022. If you are interested in signing up for this event please click here for more information and registration.
The Warrior Care Division at AFPC is charged with providing non-medical care management and personalized support to Air Force Wounded Warriors. This support is provided through six annually-offered regional Warrior C.A.R.E Events integrating all support programs into one platform to strengthen mental, physical, spiritual and social well-being of enrolled Wounded Warriors and Caregivers. “C.A.R.E” represents four AFW2 support programs: Caregiver Support, Adaptive Sports and Ambassador Workshop, Recovering Airman Mentorship Program, Resiliency Programming and Empowerment in Transition.
Other holistic activities may include:
Art Program – “Painting with a Purpose”
Music Program – “Rock to Recovery”
Wellness – “Combat to Comedy”
Recover Services including Massage Therapy and Chiropractor assistance
This provides personalized support to caregivers who are caring for a wounded, ill or injured warriors. Caregiver focused support is integrated into the wounded warrior’s comprehensive recovery plans. Here, caregivers can expect to connect with other caregivers to form a support network where they can share their experiences, wisdom and skills. Attendees are armed with successful coping tools to assist with managing stress, communicate more effectively, take care of their own health and manage demanding situations.
A variety of Adaptive Sports are offered by certified coaches, and are all adapted to meet individual warrior’s abilities. During these events, warriors demonstrating competitive potential are identified and entered into the competitive track, where they receive distance coaching, nutrition counseling and may compete for positions on the Warrior Games Team during the annual AF Trials.
The Ambassador Workshop is designed to help Warriors and Caregivers tell their stories of recovery and resiliency.
RECOVERING AIRMAN MENTORSHIP PROGRAM (RAMP)
Trained RAMP Mentors are on-sight at CARE events to promote and encourage healing and growth. During a CARE event, mentors are paired with fellow warriors to offer comfort, support, guidance, and a listening ear. This added support is crucial, and has been proven to facilitate an atmosphere of trust, strength, and courage to AFW2 warriors throughout the week.
Resiliency programming is always a part of CARE event agendas and may include spiritual, art, music, yoga, journaling, photography and comedy sessions.
EMPOWERMENT IN TRANSITION
The Empowerment in Transition Workshop hones employment skills in a small class setting with a personalized approach which works extremely well with this unique population.
All active duty and those on the Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL) and those with less than 12 months on the Permanent Disability Retired List (PDRL) enrolled in AFW2 can participate. Those enrolled in AFW2 that are on the Permanent Disability Retired List (PRDRL) may attend if they are able to fund the costs of the trip (through personal means or non-profit support). While the selection is “first come-first served” those new RSMs who have not participated in an event before will be given priority in the selection process.
All eligible participants will be on TDY orders funded by the program. This includes lodging (ADA-compliant rooms available), local transportation and per diem (for non-local warriors).
All athletes must have a medical clearance signed by a physician or physician’s assistant (PA).
If a non-medical attendant Caregiver is required and assists with one or more activities of daily living, that person may travel with you and stay in the same room with you at the hotel. There is a block indicating this on the registration.
Lodging will be provided for all participants at a hotel TBD. ADA-compliant rooms are provided to those who require them.
Transportation to and from the airport and throughout the entire event is provided by the AFW2 staff.
We understand service pets are an important part of rehabilitation and recovery; however, all service animals brought to an AFW2 Warrior CARE Event must behave responsibly. Please refer to our service animal policy (below) for specific guidance.
EXPECTATIONS FOR ATHLETES WITH SERVICE ANIMALS
NOTE: All service animals come from diverse backgrounds and are used for various reasons. With that said, be mindful and respectful when others are around. They are working animals and may not care for others or people suddenly approaching.
We send commander's letters for all active-duty attendees to our Warrior CARE Events. Veterans, upon request, will get a letter for your employer or school if necessary.
Once you get a taste for some of the programs offered, you will need to start looking in your local area for similar opportunities. AFW2 Community Programs offers a national calendar that lists various events and activities. They can also assist in finding other Paralympic-style events and competitions in your area through the VA and other channels.