JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas-- 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.
“November is recognized as Warrior Care Month,” said Col. Mike Flatten, AFW2 director. “It is a time to shine a spotlight on the resiliency of our seriously wounded, ill and injured Airmen, veterans and their families as well as educate and inform our warriors of the various programs and initiatives offered to aide their recovery.”
Warrior Care Month also reminds our community partners how service members still serve selflessly and contribute back to each of their communities, their families and the country they are so proud to continue serving,” Flatten continued.
Warrior care encompasses a full spectrum of support through recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration back to duty or transition into the community.
The wounded, ill, and injured population is broad and includes not just the visibly wounded or injured, but the invisible as well. Warriors across the braches of service suffer serious illnesses, traumatic brain injuries and struggle with the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The program will make its way to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland for the Northeast Warrior CARE event Nov. 17-22. Warriors and their caregivers across the Department of Defense will have the opportunity to partake in resiliency programs, caregiver programs, adaptive sports training and an Employment Boot Camp hosted by Deloitte to aide their transition into civilian life.
“For the first time, our program is incorporating a resiliency track into our Warrior CARE event,” said Dr. Aaron Moffett, AFW2 resiliency program manager. “Fifteen wounded warriors will be immersed in various resiliency based workshops that include music, art, photography and journaling. Each warrior will be exposed to and learn invaluable skills they can utilize at home to assist in their recovery.”
For more information on the Air Force Wounded Program and how the Air Force is leading the way in providing personalized restorative care to seriously wounded, ill and injured Airmen, caregivers and families., click here.