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  • Through Good Days & Bad: A Caregiver’s Account for Supporting His Wife’s Recovery from Invisible Wounds

    There are many roles a person will play in a lifetime. For military families, these roles often cross the threshold of personal and professional life. As an active-duty security forces training instructor at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), Technical Sgt. Justin Goad can list Airman, father, husband, and caregiver as just a few of the roles he cherishes most. It was not until TSgt Goad’s wife, retired Master Sgt. Lisa Goad, sought treatment for her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that he reconsidered how he could better support her and the Airmen that he mentors each day.
  • Shift Back to Normal: How Master Sgt. Michael Myers Found Resilience through Humility and Helping Others

    After fighting for a decade with his invisible wounds, Master Sergeant Michael Myers recognizes the need for Airmen to seek treatment at an early stage. Now, as a Superintendent for the Office of the Warrior Advocate (OWA) and an Ambassador for the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program, Myers has dedicated his life to helping others overcome their invisible wounds and calling all Airmen to speak openly about their mental health.
  • A Medic’s Experience Unpacking Treatment for Invisible Wounds

    Seeking treatment can provide Airmen with the tools, coping methods, and support they need to address invisible wounds. Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Sharpe, an experienced medic, recognizes first-hand the importance of encouraging other Airmen to seek help for their invisible wounds.As a superintendent of an in-patient medical facility, SMSgt Sharpe
  • Tech. Sgt. Brewer speaks at B-52 resiliency tactical pause

    U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein recently said in a note to commanders that suicide is an adversary killing more Airmen than any enemy on the planet.In order to address rising suicide rates in the Air Force, a resiliency tactical pause was ordered with each wing at liberty to handle the day how they felt best.  A combined B-52
  • Wounded Warrior speaks so others can

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – As Air Force suicides trend upward, Wounded Warriors like retired Master Sgt. Adam Boccher are pleading with Airmen through their own stories to share the burden of breaking barriers before barriers break them.“I thought that if I asked for help, I would look weak. I couldn’t look weak,” said Boccher, Air
  • I Almost Became A Statistic

    I almost became a statistic. I had always prided myself on my resilience, even before resilience was a commonly spoken term. But it seemed like life had kicked me in the gut a few times and I wasn’t getting back up any more.
  • A Journey to Recovery: An Invisible Wounds Story

    Every Airman’s deployment experience is different. For some, deployments are exhilarating, while for others they can be stressful and traumatic.For Tech. Sgt. Graeme Clouden, an electrician with the 786th Civil Engineer Squadron, it’s been a mix of excitement and distress. Having been deployed five times over the course of 16 years, only one of his
  • The person, the Airman, the wounded warrior

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Master Sgt. Sharina Elrod, with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Inspector General’s office, and an Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) Ambassador, said she couldn’t wait to join the Air Force, serving her country and seeing the world. In 1998, the self-described “go-getter” began her military
  • CMSAF Wright talks resiliency and readiness at all call

    Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright discussed resiliency and readiness with an auditorium filled with Tinker Airmen during an All Call held at the Hudiburg Chevrolet Center during his base visit last week.“The primary reason for me to do base visits is coming out to see what a base is capable of and get the understanding of your
  • Finding a Way Through Depression

    His marriage ended on ugly terms. He had been depressed for months. He feared negative consequences to his career so he shared little of what he was going through with his friends and supervisor. Then, Senior Airman Michael Drinkwater made a plan that finally gave him a sense of relief.  But, it wasn’t relief from a plan to get well. Instead,
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