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  • 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

    “I found a leader I could trust,” says Maj. Chris Harmer, as he recounts how fellow Wingmen helped him find the support to overcome his invisible wounds.Harmer left an abusive childhood home and joined the Air Force in 2004 to be part of something larger than himself. He quickly found a new home in the AF Medical Community and flourished both at
  • 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
  • AFW2 helps Airman rebuild herself

    The Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program helps rehabilitate service members who were wounded or fell ill during duty.
  • Master Sgt. Jessica Clayton: An invisible wounds story of multiple traumas, continuous recovery, and resilience

    No matter where you’re from or your AFSC, everyone is at risk of developing an invisible wound. Any exposure to a traumatic event can be a trigger and every person responds to trauma differently. For some, a blow to the head, a serious accident, or a painful event could be enough, while for others it may take years of repeated combat exposure or
  • JBA Airman finds happiness in AFW2 program

    As Capt. Jennifer Hays, wounded warrior and 11th Medical Support Squadron patient, sits in a chair waiting to begin an adaptive sports event at the 2019 Air Force Wounded Warrior Program’s Northeast Warrior CARE Event on Joint Base Andrews, she thinks about two quotes, over and over.“It's okay to fall down and lose your spark, just make sure when
  • Air Force Wounded Warrior Program ambassador visits Barksdale

    Retired Chief Master Sgt. Neil C. Jones, Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program ambassador, visited Barksdale to share his story of struggle and resilience Sept. 27, 2019. As a former explosive ordnance disposal technician who has endured divorce, serving his country as a single father, and the loss of friends, Jones shared his story of how the AFW2 Program has helped him through the struggles.
  • 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
  • Recovery Care Coordinator: Your first step with serious injury or illness

    For military members who have been injured or ill during duty, navigating the journey to recovery through the medical and personnel systems can be overwhelming. This is why the Air Force established the Recovery Care Coordinator position.
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