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  • Master Sgt. Jessica Clayton: An invisible wounds story of multiple traumas, continuous recovery, and resilience

    No matter where you’re from or your AFSC, everyone is at risk of developing an invisible wound. Any exposure to a traumatic event can be a trigger and every person responds to trauma differently. For some, a blow to the head, a serious accident, or a painful event could be enough, while for others it may take years of repeated combat exposure or
  • Disabled veterans, caregivers granted access to Exchange, commissary, recreation facilities

    Starting on Jan. 1, 2020, the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act, allows Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war, and veterans with service-connected disabilities entry onto military installations to use the AAFES Exchange, commissary, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, or MWR, facilities. Pre-identified primary caregivers of veterans with service-connected disabilities, as documented by the Department of Veterans Affairs, will also be granted entry onto the installation and access to these facilities.
  • JBA Airman finds happiness in AFW2 program

    As Capt. Jennifer Hays, wounded warrior and 11th Medical Support Squadron patient, sits in a chair waiting to begin an adaptive sports event at the 2019 Air Force Wounded Warrior Program’s Northeast Warrior CARE Event on Joint Base Andrews, she thinks about two quotes, over and over.“It's okay to fall down and lose your spark, just make sure when
  • 2019 Warrior Care Month

    Each month the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) features different themes that tie together the overall mission of the congressionally mandated and federally funded program with our audience.
  • The lasting impact of connecting

    The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) is creating a cultural shift across the Air Force. One that encourages Airmen to reach out to their leadership and trust that when they do, they will be heard. Each month, the program will feature a different theme that is tied to the overall mission of the congressionally mandated and federally funded program. The theme for the month of October is connectedness and Melissa Wiest, AFW2 outreach specialist and retired master sergeant and Staff Sgt. (ret) Seth Pena, AFW2 Ambassador are living proof of just how important connectedness is.
  • Creating a culture of caring

    Each month, the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) will feature a different theme that is tied to the overall mission of the congressionally mandated and federally funded program.
  • Department of Defense Announces U.S. Team for 2020 Invictus Games

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas--The Department of Defense announced today the names of the 65 competitors who will compete on the U.S. team at the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands, May 9-16, 2020.More than 500 wounded, ill, and injured service members from 19 allied nations are expected to compete. Competitors will participate in
  • Airman recounts painful aftermath of life after TBI

    A retired Airman is revealing his personal struggles with traumatic brain injury in hopes of encouraging others to seek help. Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Adam Boccher was injured during a deployment overseas in 2006 while mounting a weapon on a Humvee for patrol. He heard a rocket launch and knew it was heading straight for him. There were just seconds to make it to safety by getting low to the ground or be riddled with shrapnel. He dove off the top of the Humvee, sustaining an injury that changed the course of his life and that of his family.
  • Air Force Wounded Warrior Program ambassador visits Barksdale

    Retired Chief Master Sgt. Neil C. Jones, Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program ambassador, visited Barksdale to share his story of struggle and resilience Sept. 27, 2019. As a former explosive ordnance disposal technician who has endured divorce, serving his country as a single father, and the loss of friends, Jones shared his story of how the AFW2 Program has helped him through the struggles.
  • DOD makes changes to pharmacy medications

    Beginning Oct. 1, patients who are not assigned to a provider at a Military Treatment Facility will not be eligible to receive medications that are not on the Department of Defense Tricare formulary list.