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  • Empowering Warriors to Succeed

    I took over program management of the Empowerment in Transition Program in January of this year. Little did I know that the way we do business would change across all of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2). It wasn’t that long after I took over that the first reports of the global pandemic started to come in. We knew things were really starting to heat up when they postponed our Air Force Trials at Nellis Air Force Base. Then, we began to telework. Here we are, many months later and I cannot be prouder of the work AFW2 has put in to stay connected with wounded warriors.
  • Harnessing Resilience to Overcome Invisible Wounds and Regain Control over Life

    Reality hit when then Airman First Class Brittany Johnson of the 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron left the hospital in September 2010 after a week-long stay for sexual and physical assault. “I didn’t feel like myself,” recalls Johnson, now a Technical Sergeant with the 36th Civil Engineering Squadron. “I couldn’t find joy in activities anymore.”
  • Virtual Sports Goes International

    The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program has been hosting virtual sporting competitions this summer to help keep the Warriors physically fit and their mind busy, and there has been an amazing turn out for them. With this being a new way forward for the foreseeable future, AFW2 needed to step up their game in how these virtual events are produced and they did just that. The most recent event, Archery and Shooting, has gone international.
  • United by Invisible Threads

    With everything going on in the world right now, staying connected can be almost impossible due to the virus, and the distancing that must be adhered to as a result. Now, more than ever, our Warriors need unbreakable connections and we have an answer. AFW2 will host its first ever Virtual CARE Week, August 18-21.
  • AFW2 Sports Prospering in the Virtual World

    Virtual services have become the new norm during this time of distancing and isolation to help keep everyone safe and healthy. If you have been following the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, you may notice we have vamped up our social media services.
  • AFW2 Virtual Track and Field Competition

    Tech Sgt. Justin Goad (L) and Master Sgt. Nikiki Favuzza(R) start off the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) Virtual Track & Field competition with a 1500 meter run at JBSA-Randolph, Texas this morning. In the current climate of physical distancing, AFW2 endeavors to continue maintaining a connection with wounded warriors and their
  • AFW2 LinkedIn Page: Empowering your future one link at a time

    The EIT team commits to providing warriors and caregivers the tools and resources they need to achieve their long-term career and life goals, making the AFW2 LinkedIn page a vital resource to have and utilize. The AFW2 LinkedIn page serves as a professional social platform that allows warriors and caregivers to find resources, connect with experts in their field of interest and ultimately grow their professional network. It is designed to aid warriors and their families during their period of transition into civilian life or back to duty.
  • Remaining virtually connected through stories of resilience

    Physical distancing has evolved into a new normal way of life that has left many individuals feeling isolated and uncertain on what the future holds. With strict measures in place throughout the nation, the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program Outreach team has worked to maintain a social connection with Air Force unit personnel in a more virtual way.
  • AFW2 Behind the Scenes: The Family We Choose

    AFW2 has tried on various occasions to implement a veteran program, with different faces, using the same formula and predictably falling short every time. When asked to take on this tasking again, I told my Branch Chief he was setting me up for failure, and again, I am not interested. Then he posed a question that later resulted in, unbeknownst to me at the time, my volunteering by default. What would you do different to make it work? My answer: a social media platform, closed Facebook group where pertinent veteran information is posted, warriors share their experiences, networks, resources, and contacts. This would allow a small staff, in this case Brandy Farias and myself, the ability to provide support, answer questions, and provide a roadmap to Air Force, Veteran Administration, and veteran benefits and entitlements. His response…make it happen.
  • Wounded warrior uses weights to lift spirits

    Recently participated in first "virtual" powerlifting competition.