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This week more than 140 warriors and caregivers attended the Warrior CARE Event in San Antonio, Texas. This was the second time the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program hosted a hybrid event where people attended in-person and virtually, and to say it was a success would be an understatement.

Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) staff prepare and pack equipment for the Warrior CARE Event on November 12, 2021. This is the second hybrid event AFW2 has hosted this year allowing members to attend in-person or virtually. (U.S. Air Force photo by Shannon Hall)

This week more than 140 warriors and caregivers attended the Warrior CARE Event in San Antonio, Texas. This was the second time the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program hosted a hybrid event where people attended in-person and virtually, and to say it was a success would be an understatement.

Marsha Strawderman, Branch Chief Warrior Care Support AFW2, and Brigadier General Paula Lodi, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Medical Command meet with Ambassadors on November 17, 2021. Ambassadors train on how to tell their story of trauma and recovery to the population. (U.S. Air Force photo by Anthony Beauchamp)

This week more than 140 warriors and caregivers attended the Warrior CARE Event in San Antonio, Texas. This was the second time the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program hosted a hybrid event where people attended in-person and virtually, and to say it was a success would be an understatement.

Members attending a Warrior CARE Event talk while looking at art work displayed during the Day of Healing exhibit on November 18, 2021. This particular event showcased the strength and resilience of wounded, ill and injured service members through art, music, performance and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daria Flowers)

This week more than 140 warriors and caregivers attended the Warrior CARE Event in San Antonio, Texas. This was the second time the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program hosted a hybrid event where people attended in-person and virtually, and to say it was a success would be an understatement.

Air Force Wounded Warriors (AFW2) participate in wheelchair basketball during the Warrior CARE Event on November 16, 2021. Part of this event allowed attendees to train and get more comfortable with multiple adaptive sports to include sitting volleyball, track, swimming, archery and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Anthony Beauchamp)

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Last week more than 140 warriors and caregivers attended the Warrior CARE Event in San Antonio, Texas. This was the second time the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program hosted a hybrid event where people attended in-person and virtually, and to say it was a success would be an understatement.

“In person events are important to the personalized service and support AFW2 provides,” said Col. Richard Obert, AFW2 Director. “I am glad I was able to interact with some of our wounded warriors this week and see the enjoyment in their smiles.” 

This event allowed for attendees to train and get familiar with adaptive sports, work on new resiliency skills like photography and music, practice telling their story of trauma and recovery, learn about educational benefits offered through the Veteran’s Association, how to write and perfect a resume and gave Caregivers an opportunity to gain a different perspective on counting their blessings and resolving conflicts. Most importantly, this event allowed for everyone to connect with those who have walked in their shoes and understand their struggles.

“This has been an experience I would have never imagined doing. It’s brand new to me and I am so grateful to have been able to attend,” said Senior Airman Andra Hunter, AFW2 Warrior. “I got to meet some great coaches that reassured me that I can do more than what my brain is telling me. I hope I can attend another event someday.”

This event also offered a Day of Healing, where warriors were able to showcase how they remain resilient through different art forms. They came together to perform, had an exhibit of paintings, photos, woodwork and other pieces of art, and did some improv. The AFW2 Community Programs team also put together a Care Fair, where more than 30 organizations connected with warriors to provide additional resources and services to enhance their recovery.

“I'm so glad I came,” said 1st Lieutenant Nichole Evenson with tears in her eyes. "This week gave me new hope. I had forgotten how competitive I am and how much I love sports."

AFW2 strives to always provide the best resources and support to wounded, ill or injured Airmen, Guardians, Veterans and their families. For more information on the AFW2 program, or to refer an Airman or Guardian, please visit our website at www.woundedwarrior.af.mil.

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