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  • It's Never Just Mental

    For those that are diagnosed with a mental health condition, it never just affects their mental state. Mental health conditions take a toll on the body, relationships, work ethic and so much more. Recognizing the signs and seeking help is the best avenue to coping with these conditions.“I didn’t notice the signs myself, my daughter did. She noticed
  • AFW2 Behind the Scenes: Celebrating the Month of the Military Caregiver

    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
  • Through Good Days & Bad: A Caregiver’s Account for Supporting His Wife’s Recovery from Invisible Wounds

    There are many roles a person will play in a lifetime. For military families, these roles often cross the threshold of personal and professional life. As an active-duty security forces training instructor at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), Technical Sgt. Justin Goad can list Airman, father, husband, and caregiver as just a few of the roles he cherishes most. It was not until TSgt Goad’s wife, retired Master Sgt. Lisa Goad, sought treatment for her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that he reconsidered how he could better support her and the Airmen that he mentors each day.
  • A Warrior Family

    Many times, when talking about a warrior’s recovery journey, discussions often include physical therapy and how to get assistance through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. They also learn about resiliency tools to help cope and become successful in their new "normal." What about their family? Their spouse and children all have a new normal as
  • Men Are Victims Too...

    When someone mentions sexual assault, usually those within the room think about women being assaulted. It may not be as common, but men are targeted, preyed upon and assaulted as well. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in 71 men are assaulted, or suffer from an attempt, within their life. One is too many.Men and
  • AFW2 Announces Team Air Force for Warrior Games 2021

    The Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program is proud to announce the 2021 Air Force Warrior Games team. A team of coaches and staff selected 45 primary and 15 alternates, a combination of active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen and veterans, after their 2021 Virtual Air Force Trials competition. The 45-person team will go on to compete at the
  • AFW2 Behind the Scenes: The Family We Choose

    Family consists of the people that you are born to such as your mother, father, and siblings. Those ties are usually stronger than any other relationship throughout our lives, but the family that we choose can be just as strong as those we don’t choose. The Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program emphasizes the strength of the family that we are
  • Deloitte’s Virtual Employment Boot Camp

    The transition from military to civilian life can be one of the most difficult journeys an Airman goes through. Add families, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other life factors to this process and it can create uncertainties, leaving one wondering where to begin. For over a year, the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program has hosted various virtual
  • Honoring AFW2 Women: Adrianna Ruark

    Imagine being a young girl and the one woman who you love the most and is supposed to protect you, your mother, sells you for money and drugs throughout your childhood. Now, as an adult you decide to join the military as a way to escape, and because you love your country so much, but the sexual assaults still happen to you. That is the shortest
  • Honoring AFW2 Women: MSgt. Shannon Cassinelli

    People join the military for many different reasons. Some want to prepare for the future, some want to truly serve their country and some want to escape the current situation they are in. Some people are unsure of what they want and just so happen to pass a recruiters office and sign that contract.“I noticed a lot of my friends in high school