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  • Prolonged exposure therapy aids recovery for PTSD patients

    Suffering from post-traumatic stress is an unfortunate reality for many service members.  Post-traumatic stress disorder it is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, such as combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or sexual assault. People often have upsetting memories, feel on
  • Warrior Games Profile: Ricardo Rivera

    As the 2018 Warrior Games competition begins to wind down here, we caught up with retired Tech. Sgt. Ricardo Rivera to talk about not just how these adaptive sports have helped promote in his personal recovery, but also how the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program has been there every step of the way. Rivera began his career in 2006 as a security
  • Warrior Games Profile: Melissa McAvoy

    Retired Lt. Col. Melissa McAvoy enlisted in the Air Force in 1993, beginning her career as an F-111 avionics journeyman, and retired in 2017 as the Deputy Director of Laboratory Operations Directorate, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.During her career she deployed as an Air Liaison Officer, United Nations
  • Warrior Games Special: Finding the will to carry on

    Cory Sandoval retired as a staff sergeant after serving more than six years in the Air Force as a battlefield weather forecaster; a career which was unfortunately cut short by an unforeseen life event.  “I am a people person and a family man; family will always be the most important thing in this world to me,” he said. “I was picked on a lot as a
  • Warrior Games Profile: John Angel

    “The biggest struggle for me was having to let go of who I once was and find who I am now. I have always been an Airman and lived a very active lifestyle; it felt like I hit a brick wall after my injury and the illnesses it caused,” Angel said.
  • Warrior Games Profile: Joshua Smith

    I think overall everyone is ready to compete. All our athletes have put in a lot of training; lots of hours on the field, in the gym, on the court – just a huge amount of dedication. With that, we have engaged directly with each other daily and checked in on how well everyone is keeping up with individual practice regiments which has built a lot of unity and teamwork. For those of us who have been here before, having first timers pick our brains for the knowledge we have has really helped keep everyone mentally engaged and dialed in – we are focused and ready to go.
  • Warrior Games Profile: Caregiver Support

    The road to recovery for those who have faced extreme adversity is often not faced alone; true to that spirit, Master Sgt. Jose Rijos, 104th Fighter Wing Security Forces with the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts, is here supporting one of the 39 athletes representing Team Air Force during the 2018 Warrior Games as a caregiver.
  • Warrior Games Profile: Ultimate Champion

    To earn the title, athletes participating in these adaptive sport games must compete in their respective disability classifications across eight events: archery, cycling, powerlifting, rowing, shot put, shooting, swimming and track. Each branch is allotted two slots, one male and one female, with branches also earning points based upon designated competitors’ results in their events. The athlete who garners the most points across all eight events is awarded the title of Ultimate Champion.
  • Warrior Games Profile: Janelle Lykon

    Retired Staff Sgt. Janelle Lykon enlisted in the Air Force Reserve in 2004, beginning her career as an Air transportation troop at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachussets. The mother of two was first introduced to the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program in 2017, and credits her children as her primary motivators throughout her recovery
  • Warrior Games Profile: Julie Walker

    Lt. Col. Julie Walker graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, beginning her career as a supply officer under Air Mobility Command at Norton Air Force Base, California. Walker was immediate described as an aggressive, mature and confident leader. Today, she serves not only as an athlete, but an Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program mentor, a

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