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  • Warrior Care Month Leadership Perspective

    This is the first opportunity I’ve had as the new Director of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) to talk about what Warrior Care means to me. In the short time I have been director I have learned a number of things and have been introduced to a number of amazing people.And that, is where it all begins, with people. Warrior Care is about
  • AFW2 Live Facebook Events 2-6 November

    On November 5, 2008, then Secretary of Defense Robert F. Gates established November as Warrior Care Month to initiate a “DoD-wide effort aimed at increasing awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and injured service members, their families, and those who care about them.” Secretary Gates charged DoD to “continue to make it
  • Airman For Life: Maintaining The Connection After Separation

    Every year, thousands of Airmen come at a crossroads in their military career as they face the realities of retirement, or separation, and anticipate the start of a new beginning. This phase of life is all too familiar for the 8,000 plus Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program veterans, currently placed in a permanent discharge status, that have
  • Fighting Through the Cure

    When someone is sick and doctors are required to run multiple tests to find out what the illness is, questions arise and the mind wanders. One word that many are scared to hear in a time like that is cancer. Of course, no one wants to be diagnosed with such a savage disease, but is the diagnosis the worst part? For some of our Warriors, who were
  • Transforming Athletes to Ambassadors

    Healing comes in many forms during a person’s journey of recovery. For many warriors enrolled in the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program, healing can present itself through adaptive sports as a form of rehabilitation. While the adaptive sports journey leads many to compete in a local or national level, only a select few qualify to represent
  • Suicide Leaves Bruises: His Name is Brandon

    [Editor's Note: The hard topic of suicide is one that we here at the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program engage in every day. We hope this story will generate conversations and give you insight into the pain and misery a family feels when a loved one commits suicide.]Brandon James Myhre was only 20 years old when he took his life at his parent’s home
  • AFW2 Live Facebook Events 27-30 October

    In 2003, Professor Patricia Kuhl, a co-director of the University of Washington’s Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences, published a study showing that babies were better able to learn new languages when spoken to in-person versus hearing it on a tape recorder. Part of this is due to the ability to pick up visual clues while hearing what is
  • Connectedness

    The Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program is reaching more Airmen, and their families, than ever. Events like the Virtual CARE Week are drawing in people for two reasons; great information and the feeling of connectedness, knowing you are not alone. We try to empower warriors and their families to reach out in their own community for outlets
  • Caregiver Connections

    Fostering an environment of connectedness and finding ways to stay connected with each other, during this time of distancing, is something the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program works towards every day. Not only for our Warriors, but their Caregivers too.AFW2 is a Department of Defense mandated program, responsible for taking care of the U.S.
  • AFW2 Live Facebook Events 19-23 October

    A 2016 article in Psychology Today entitled Connectedness: Are We Really Separate Individuals? addresses different kinds of connectedness, including the “empathic connection” of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. When someone we know is in pain we “feel” that pain. When they are sad, we feel their sadness. This often pushes us to altruistic