Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program
Created in 2010, the Warrior Games is an annual Paralympic-style competition designed to showcase the resilient spirit of our nation’s wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from all branches of the military. Athletes representing teams from the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Special Operations Command and the United Kingdom Armed Forces compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, and wheelchair basketball. The Warrior Games is an opportunity to demonstrate support for military members, and their families, who have sacrificed greatly on behalf of our nation.
What are the Warrior Games?
Created in 2010, the Department of Defense (DOD) Warrior Games introduce wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to Paralympic-style sports. The Warrior Games showcase the resilient spirit of today’s wounded, ill or injured service members from all branches of the military. After overcoming significant injuries and illnesses, these athletes prove that life can continue after becoming wounded, ill and injured. The U.S. Navy, in partnership with the city of Chicago, will host the 2017 DoD Warrior Games.
Where are the Warrior Games being held in 2018?
The Warrior Games will be held across the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from June 2-9.
How many athletes will compete in the 2018 DoD Warrior Games?
There are approximately 200 athletes participating in the 2018 DoD Warrior Games. The athletes represent the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Special Operations Command. The athletes symbolize to all wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans across the nation and around the world that individuals can recover from a serious injury or illness and lead fulfilling, productive and inspiring lives.
Who is eligible to participate in Department of Defense Warrior Games?
Before a wounded, ill or injured service member may compete to participate in the Games, he or she must first be enrolled in their respective service's Wounded Warrior program, which provides non-medical care to post-9/11 service members who are seriously wounded, ill or injured.
The links below provide details for how to contact the respective wounded warrior program:
U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition: http://www.wct.army.mil/index.html
U.S. Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment: http://www.woundedwarriorregiment.org
U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Wounded Warrior: http://www.navywoundedwarrior.com
U.S. Special Operations Command Care Coalition: http://www.socom.mil/CareCoalition/Default.aspx
Once enrolled, warriors may then participate in structured camps, clinics, trials and daily adaptive sports activities that are executed nationwide with support from the Department of Defense's military adaptive sports program. Athletes are able to compete based on their professionalism, dedication and determination and that of their military medical teams' and families' supporting their recovery efforts.
What sports will athletes compete in at the 2018 Warrior Games?
The games will feature eight adaptive sports: archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, and wheelchair basketball. (The shooting event is conducted using Olympic competition pellet guns).
Why are the Warrior Games important to the Department of Defense and the Armed Services?
Fitness and teamwork are a way of life in the military. Serious illness or injury can profoundly impact that way of life, often confining a service member to a hospital bed and significantly altering their physical capabilities. Adaptive sports help wounded warriors build strength and endurance, while also drawing inspiration from their teammates. The goal of the Warrior Games is to demonstrate the incredible potential of wounded warriors through competitive sports.
Anyone can refer an active-duty Airman into the AFW2 program; download the worksheet by clicking the button below and submit the finalized form via email.