The Caregiver and Family Support Program (CFSP) links caregivers together and provides training and education to strengthen family resiliency, while connecting with community resources. A caregiver is the recovering Airman or Guardians family member (spouse, mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, etc.) or friend who provides him/her non-professional assistance with one or more activities of daily living. Through the CFSP, caregivers learn positive coping skills, how to enjoy personal time without guilt, and to avoid burnout while learning to thrive. Some of the many tools offered are skill building and holistic training such as resiliency, personality inventory, communication, financial wellness, PTSD/TBI awareness, benefits & entitlements, and suicide awareness. The DoD Military Caregiver Personalized Experiences, Engagement and Resources (PEER) Forums are offered. Ambassador and Mentorship trainings are also available to caregivers who are ready to share their stories and to help other caregivers. For more information, please email: AFPC.DPFWS.Caregiver@us.af.mil
Mission: Deliver personalized support and services to caregivers as an integral part of their wounded, ill and inured Airman or Guardians recovery and rehabilitation plan.
Vision: Improve caregiver and family quality of life by connecting them with resources, resiliency tools, and experienced, specially trained fellow caregiver mentorship.
Caregiver: A family member, friend, or acquaintance who provides a broad range of care and assistance for, or manages the care of a current or former military service member with a disabling physical or mental injury, or illness.
Initial Enrollment and Welcome: First contact with Caregiver team, provides opportunity for Caregiver to tell their story, explore resources available, and learn more about AFW2.
Wellness Checks: Quarterly contact with Caregiver team member to follow up, catch up, and discuss resources available to the Caregiver.
PEER Forums (Personalized Experiences, Engagement and Resources) -Closed forums, hosted by a Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC), allows caregivers the ability to discuss issues or concerns at designated installations across DoD.
Monthly Town Hall: Virtual conference hosted by Caregiver team with rotating Subject Matter Experts providing engaging and interactive informational presentations.
Virtual Presentations: Subject Matter Expert present and interact with Caregivers virtually about topics such as TBI, (Traumatic Brain Injury), and the physical and emotional effects on Warriors and Caregivers. Offers insight from other Caregivers who have experienced these issues, and have tips to share.
CARE Events: In-person and virtual connection to other caregivers, resources, training and activities. If the event is in-person all travel, lodging, and meals are covered by AFW2.
Symposiums: Caregiver and Warrior day long connectivity and resilience activities.
Mentorship and Connectivity: Programs designed to connect Caregivers with mentors and resources in their local community. (ACE and LINC)
Stay connected with fellow Caregivers and create lasting connections by joining our closed Facebook group here.