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  • Living with PTSD: Family Style

    Many people have heard of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and associate it with a tragic car wreck, military combat or sexual assault. Although those events can cause PTSD, there are hundreds of other events that can cause and trigger PTSD as well, and the symptoms can last a life time. Many do not realize how simple life tasks like driving,
  • PTSD & Me: A Warrior’s Journey to Reducing the Stigma Behind Living with Invisible Wounds

    During a 2006 deployment to Afghanistan, MSgt. (ret) Adam Boccher attempted to mount a weapon on top of a Humvee when he heard a rocket launch headed in his direction. Leaping for cover, he fell off of the vehicle. Boccher suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Upon return from  his
  • On the Road Again

    The Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Ambassador Program has been on the road this year conducting outreach briefings at multiple bases, and they have a lot more traveling in their future. The briefings are conducted to inform the base populace about the AFW2 program, how it supports Airmen and how leaders can support their Airmen who have been
  • Shedding Light on Invisible Wounds

    June is National PTSD Awareness Month, an opportunity to talk about the signs and symptoms of the disorder, with the goal of reducing stigma and encouraging help-seeking. According to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), over 7.7 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from PTSD. As stated by the National Institute of
  • Wounded Warrior Ambassadors lead suicide prevention course at MacDill

    The U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2), in collaboration with the 6th Air Refueling Wing First Sergeants council, conducted a LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ASIST two-day workshop, May 11-12, 2021 at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
  • A Caregiver Can

    Is there a person who can work full time, take care of house and home, take care of children, take care of their spouse who suffers from a wound, illness or injury…and be successful in it all? Yes, these people do exist, and they make up our Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Caregiver Program.There is nothing easy about being a caregiver. Some days
  • It's Never Just Mental

    For those that are diagnosed with a mental health condition, it never just affects their mental state. Mental health conditions take a toll on the body, relationships, work ethic and so much more. Recognizing the signs and seeking help is the best avenue to coping with these conditions.“I didn’t notice the signs myself, my daughter did. She noticed
  • AFW2 Behind the Scenes: Celebrating the Month of the Military Caregiver

    In this day, and in this time, and in this moment, I never thought that the fulfillment of life treasures and lessons would be the greatest attributes that I will forever embrace with the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2).Who is an AFW2 Caregiver?  An AFW2 Caregiver are persons who provide daily support in some fashion to a wounded, ill or
  • 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.
  • A Warrior Family

    Many times, when talking about a warrior’s recovery journey, discussions often include physical therapy and how to get assistance through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. They also learn about resiliency tools to help cope and become successful in their new "normal." What about their family? Their spouse and children all have a new normal as
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