HomeMediaArticle Display

AFW2 Behind the Scenes: Celebrating the Month of the Military Caregiver

The AFW2 Caregiver and Family Support Program is about making sure that our warriors have a strong foundation and that the core of that foundation, the caregiver, has the resiliency tools, networks, and resources to sustain the journey.  Our program emphasizes the importance of the caregiver taking care of themselves in order to be at their best to take care of and support the ones they love.  We offer Enrollment-Welcome calls, Wellness Calls, Videoconference Workshops/Social Hours, resiliency building, Caregiver Symposiums (which include resiliency/ life skills, emotional management/humor, marriage enrichment/communication, spiritual self-care, & financial management training), Monthly Town Hall Calls, a Caregiver Closed Facebook Group, Family Support Resources, and a Caregiver Ambassador & Mentorship Program; to name a few.

The AFW2 Caregiver and Family Support Program is about making sure that our warriors have a strong foundation and that the core of that foundation, the caregiver, has the resiliency tools, networks, and resources to sustain the journey. Our program emphasizes the importance of the caregiver taking care of themselves in order to be at their best to take care of and support the ones they love. We offer Enrollment-Welcome calls, Wellness Calls, Videoconference Workshops/Social Hours, resiliency building, Caregiver Symposiums (which include resiliency/ life skills, emotional management/humor, marriage enrichment/communication, spiritual self-care, & financial management training), Monthly Town Hall Calls, a Caregiver Closed Facebook Group, Family Support Resources, and a Caregiver Ambassador & Mentorship Program; to name a few. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Shawn Sprayberry)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas --

In this day, and in this time, and in this moment, I never thought that the fulfillment of life treasures and lessons would be the greatest attributes that I will forever embrace with the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2).

Who is an AFW2 Caregiver?  An AFW2 Caregiver are persons who provide daily support in some fashion to a wounded, ill or injured Airman in an effort to sustain a healthy, resilient, and rewarding life as they navigate the continuum of care (Examples; Spouse, Mother, Father, Uncle, Aunt, Friend, or other close contact of Warrior).  Since 2001, under the wings of the Airman & Family Readiness Center, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to serve and support our Warriors and Military families.  In 2014, the Department of Defense’s established the Military Caregiver PEER Forum Initiative.  Shortly thereafter I was appointed to stand up the AFW2 Caregiver Support Program (now known as the AFW2 Caregiver and Family Support Program).    

I had no idea how taking care of AFW2 Caregivers--our “Unsung Heroes”--would change my life.  Through this journey I have learned that the caregiver is the heart of the wounded warrior and the family; the glue that keeps it all together.  Caregivers travel endless emotional journeys, with heartbreaking highs and lows; facing many sleepless nights, often-times feeling a sense of isolation.  The heartbreaking truth is no one was taking care of the caregivers and they were experiencing burn-out that often led divorce and family break-ups, which, inevitably, led to warrior regression in care.  By failing the caregivers, we were failing our warriors.

The AFW2 Caregiver and Family Support Program is about making sure that our warriors have a strong foundation and that the core of that foundation, the caregiver, has the resiliency tools, networks, and resources to sustain the journey.  Our program emphasizes the importance of the caregiver taking care of themselves in order to be at their best to take care of and support the ones they love.  We offer Enrollment-Welcome calls, Wellness Calls, Videoconference Workshops/Social Hours, resiliency building, Caregiver Symposiums (which include resiliency/ life skills, emotional management/humor, marriage enrichment/communication, spiritual self-care, & financial management training), Monthly Town Hall Calls, a Caregiver Closed Facebook Group, Family Support Resources, and a Caregiver Ambassador & Mentorship Program; to name a few. 

During the month of the Military Caregiver we want to honor and recognize caregivers for all that they do and the many sacrifices they make each and every day on behalf of their warriors and families.  More importantly, we want to say thank you and let you know that no matter the journey, the AFW2 Caregiver and Family Support Team is here for you.  You are not alone, and together with your caregiver family we can make it through. 

The Journey of the Warrior is The Journey of the Caregiver

Twitter
Every day, 22 veterans die by suicide. Suicide survivor and AFW2 staff member, Armando Franco, sheds light on his… https://t.co/cUjQOKmUjv
Twitter
It is National Hispanic Heritage Month! During this time, we honor the achievements and contributions of Hispanic A… https://t.co/CVtTb6kXct
Twitter
AFW2 is at the 2021 @AirForceAssoc Air, Space & Cyber Conference! Major Gen. Christopher Craige, @AFCareers comman… https://t.co/8M6C4LK1Qr
Twitter
Alcohol and substance abuse can play a significant role in increasing the risk of suicide. While there are multiple… https://t.co/66WPbTAHbP
Twitter
Happy 74th Birthday, @usairforce 🎉 We have a special video made just for you with birthday shout-outs from your fe… https://t.co/xKrpZ3y74r
Twitter
The Military Adaptive Sports Virtual Challenge continues to prove how there is nothing stopping these warriors from… https://t.co/s1037DHY8B
Twitter
22 military veterans die by suicide every day. It is the second leading cause of death for post-9/11 veterans, whic… https://t.co/PxoOTnhJJc
Twitter
Today is the last day of the Military Adaptive Sports Virtual Challenge! Join us on the AFW2 Facebook page at 2pm… https://t.co/qErWCvauzY
Twitter
RT @usairforce: Today is POW/MIA Recognition Day. We recognize the more than half-million service members who have, at one time, been held…
Twitter
Warrior athletes are going strong and adapting to their environment during the sport challenges. We also had AFW2 W… https://t.co/aQ364o9nHB
Twitter
The indoor rowing challenge is LIVE! Tune in and cheer on your fellow warriors! 💪 https://t.co/tHesG7P3j0
Twitter
It is day 4⃣ of the Military Adaptive Sports Virtual Challenge and we have the indoor rowing challenge coming at yo… https://t.co/mNiM3fpRkl
Twitter
Warrior athletes showed no signs of slowing down during the second day of the Military Adaptive Sports Virtual Chal… https://t.co/zhKN8s9GH4
Twitter
This #WarriorWednesday we recognize Major Jesse Bogart who serves as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. In 2015, Jess… https://t.co/Q8S54yV5bG
Twitter
Wheelchair Basketball challenge is LIVE! Check out the event here: https://t.co/0Cuwvu6pKm
Twitter
Who's ready for some wheelchair basketball?? 🏀 In the next hour, we will be LIVE with the last adaptive sports ch… https://t.co/6y5JMeJHlv
Twitter
We have the Military Adaptive Sports Virtual Challenge shooting results coming at you LIVE in the next hour! Tune… https://t.co/InJ6YtJW01
Twitter
Cycling challenge is now LIVE! Tune in to the AFW2 Facebook page and show your support! https://t.co/166TXwE9eL
Twitter
We are halfway through the Military Adaptive Sports Virtual Challenge! 💪 Take some time out of your day and tune i… https://t.co/r1dhhpjVP1
Twitter
Check out the video below to see a recap of yesterday's events during the Military Adaptive Sports Virtual Challeng… https://t.co/thVuZaih5v
Twitter
5,512
Follow Us