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  • Living with PTSD: You Are Not Alone

    I was diagnosed in 1995, well before the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program’s inception. My leadership was helpful, but they also had expectations of performance. They looked at my behavior as they would anyone else and were quick to punish if I acted out of line. However, they were also aware that I was dealing with something they didn’t fully understand and gave me the room to go to appointments for counseling and deal with the crushing weight of what was going on.
  • AFW2 Behind the Scenes: RAMPing Up Creative Connections

    Innovation took place to reattach the severed avenues that connect us as humans. We became more creative in our ways to connect. We realized just how much MORE we could reach our population via virtual platforms and tools that had never been so heavily utilized.
  • AFW2 Hosts Virtual Powerlifting Competition

    Many of our Warriors rely on sports to be an essential part of their recovery, and that can be hard to keep up with during a time of distancing and gyms being closed. To keep their training on track and continue the competitive spirit, the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) is doing something new. On Friday, June 19, 2020, AFW2 will be hosting its first ever, virtual powerlifting competition that will broadcast on Facebook.
  • Summer safety with a splash of awareness

    School’s out, the sun is shining, and bags are being packed as families head out on vacation. Summer has officially arrived and AFW2 is providing some safety tips to ensure you, and your family, are prepared for some fun in the sun.
  • PTSD Awareness: Know When You Aren’t You

    According to the National Center for PTSD, the disorder is a mental health problem that some develop after experiencing or witnessing a lift-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or sexual assault. Some people experience an event, have a grieving period, and then return to their old self with distant memories of what happened. Those who suffer from PTSD are unable to make the event a distant memory and become highly distressed when remembering that time in their life.
  • Annual DoD Warrior Games canceled amid COVID concerns

    Annual DoD Warrior Games canceled amid COVID concerns
  • Month of the Military Caregiver: Hidden Heroes

    May is recognized as the Department of Defense’s Month of the Military Caregiver. This time is used to honor, commend, and show appreciation for those that care for wounded, ill and injured service members. The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) has a Caregiver Support and Family Program to assist caretakers in multiple ways,
  • Mental Health Awareness Month: Resiliency and Wellness

    May is Mental Health Awareness month and this year it comes during a time of uncertainty and physical distancing that can be hard on everyone. Mental health plays a huge role as a priority for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2), which sprung the creation of the Wellness and Resiliency Program (WAR).The WAR team’s goal is to help ensure
  • How Leaders Helped Maj. Harmer Find the Support to Overcome His Invisible Wounds

    In 2004, Maj Chris Harmer left an abusive childhood home and joined the Air Force to be part of something larger than himself. He quickly found a home in the AF Medical Community and flourished both at work and at home over the next decade. “All felt right in life,” recalls Harmer, along with his wife of 16 years, Shelley.Then the symptoms began.In
  • OneSource, family and spouse programs still available

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Department of Defense is closely monitoring the impact of the coronavirus on service members, their families and survivors. Resources offered through Military OneSource, the Military and Family Life Counseling program, and the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program continue to serve the military community.“We are