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  • Wounded warriors share message of resiliency in Florida

    "I did not know I got shot,” said the sergeant. “I thought a flare hit my legs.” He was on his second deployment in Afghanistan in July 2011 serving on a combat search and rescue team. His mission was to recover wounded service members. “Going out and getting shot at” was routine, he said, as his unit averaged eight missions a day. On the day a bullet tore through his legs inside an HH 60 Pave Hawk helicopter, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. August O’Niell, 414th Combat Training Squadron Detachment 1 flight chief in charge of ground operations at Davis-Monthan, Air Force Base, Arizona, said his world changed.
  • AFW2 Announces Team Air Force for Warrior Games 2021

    The Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program is proud to announce the 2021 Air Force Warrior Games team. A team of coaches and staff selected 45 primary and 15 alternates, a combination of active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen and veterans, after their 2021 Virtual Air Force Trials competition. The 45-person team will go on to compete at the
  • Care beyond duty: Discovering resiliency through mentorship

    It was a Tuesday that changed the trajectory of Bronwen Gulledge’s life.
  • AFW2 LinkedIn Page: Empowering your future one link at a time

    The EIT team commits to providing warriors and caregivers the tools and resources they need to achieve their long-term career and life goals, making the AFW2 LinkedIn page a vital resource to have and utilize. The AFW2 LinkedIn page serves as a professional social platform that allows warriors and caregivers to find resources, connect with experts in their field of interest and ultimately grow their professional network. It is designed to aid warriors and their families during their period of transition into civilian life or back to duty.
  • 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,
  • 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
  • Fighting the demons: A "typical" Defender's story

    If there is a “typical” security forces Airman, Master Sgt. Dwayne Pyle (ret) says he was it. He loved his job and felt he was good at it, even though he did get into a little trouble during his first assignment in Germany.
  • Rescue dogs help heal wounded warriors

    Muffled gunfire reverberates from an unknown location within the building; Peter’s unwavering gaze is focused on his partner’s ‘six’ - three weeks of training is about to be put to the test.The Omaha Gun Club is host to certified training sessions between military service dogs and their handlers and is where Russ Dillon of Dillon’s Dogs likes to
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