Stay LinkedIn Versus Left Out Published Jan. 28, 2022 By Daria Flowers Air Force Wounded Warrior Program JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- Did you know that the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program has a LinkedIn page? LinkedIn is the world’s largest online professional matrix allowing members and businesses to grow through professional networking; providing access to career development opportunities and allowing employers to post jobs, providing extensive information for individuals who are on the market to apply for new roles and learn about new companies. Initially, the AFW2 LinkedIn page was utilized solely to share information about job openings and upcoming workshops. Now, the page will be used to share additional informational business pieces about AFW2 with Wounded Warriors, Caregivers, staff, and other followers who support the program mission by sharing information with their LinkedIn connections, thus increasing the reach of the program’s messaging. One of the best features the site provides is the opportunity to connect. "With hopes of growing our online presence on this fairly new platform there are also hopes of providing access to more resources and networking connections overall," said Melissa Kirkpatrick, Lead Education & Employment in Transition coordinator. An additional aspect of utilizing this site is the opportunity to showcase the AFW2 brand and increase awareness. There are numerous benefits to creating a LinkedIn profile for our Wounded Warriors and Caregivers. The Empowerment in Transition (EIT) Program frequently uses this platform while working with our Warriors and Caregivers as they equip, encourage, and empower the development and achievement of long-term career and life goals and provide personalized coaching and guidance to ensure positive management of career changes, building effective ways forward to take charge of their post-military lives. “EIT works with various LinkedIn staff members to provide Warriors with information on how to maximize the effectiveness of their LinkedIn profiles. We invite LinkedIn guest speakers to work directly with our Wounded Warriors,” Kirkpatrick said. Visit the program’s LinkedIn page to learn more about this effort and hear more about the stories of resiliency, and engage in wellness activities hosted by Air Force Wounded Warrior Program. https://www.linkedin.com/company/afw2 For additional information, to refer an Airman or Guardian, or to learn more about the program, visit www.woundedwarrior.af.mil for additional resources.