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  • 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
  • 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.
  • Wounded Warrior Ambassadors bring a resilience message to Scott Airmen

    The hardest part of a wounded or ill Airman’s recovery process is often asking for help, or knowing where to turn when the life they planned suddenly changes. For retired Senior Airman Christian Vega it meant finding meaning in his life again after a brain aneurysm and stroke left him unable to walk or speak, or continue to serve in the Air Force. Vega was one of 17 ambassadors who spoke at 40 different sessions, spreading the gospel of what AFW2 is all about.
  • Care Beyond Duty

    Airmen all over the world suffer from both visible and invisible wounds that may not always be recognized by their wingmen, and the Air Force Wounded Warrior program is available to those who need help.
  • Seeking mental health treatment: 49th Maintenance Group chief shares his experience with PTSD

    “Dealing with a traumatic event from 2011 in Afghanistan, I realize now that I probably needed help long before 2018, but at the time I felt like I’d figured out how to control the ghosts in my head. I forced myself to keep them at bay, and instead of dealing with my problems, I just let them fester,” recalled Chief Master Sgt. Eric Corvin, 49th Maintenance Group Quality Assurance superintendent, as he opened up about his post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • AF Trials 2019 Profile: Hunter Barnhill

    The advanced team for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) arrived in Las Vegas, in preparation for the 6th annual Air Force Trials, March 1st through the 7th. The Paralympic-style competitive event showcases the resiliency of wounded warriors and highlights the effectiveness of adaptive sports as part of their recovery. It also highlights the impact AFW2 has in helping with the restorative care of wounded warriors enrolled in the program. The Air Force Trials is the primary selection location for the 40 primary and 10 alternate members of Team Air Force selected to compete at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida, June 21st through 30th.
  • Attitude of gratitude key to resiliency for disabled civil servant

    Former Airman who was paralyzed earns employment as commander's secretary after many obstacles and hardships.
  • Resiliency as part of the healing process

    Resiliency programs are an important part of the AFW2 CARE events. This week we are beginning these programs earlier, allowing for all wounded warriors to access them for better restorative care.
  • Finding healing through helping others

    “Seeking care never slowed me down; it helped me through my toughest times.” Senior Master Sgt. Richard “Joe” Chwalik has been through a lifetime’s worth of setbacks; incidents that have left long-lasting emotional scars. Yet, he found his way through the darkness by asking for help when he needed it most.  Like many, Chwalik witnessed a lot during
  • Check your ego at the door, be your own advocate

    Master Sgt. James Stalnaker always thought going to mental health was a deal breaker for your career; that mental issues make you a weaker person. It took encountering struggles of his own to change those views.  Stalnaker has persevered through a debilitating motorcycle accident that left him struggling with an undiagnosed traumatic brain injury
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