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Default Air Force Logo VA national cemeteries now offering pre-need eligibility determinations
The Department of Veterans Affairs now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery before an individual’s death.
0 12/20
2016
Participants of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program’s Northeast Warrior CARE Event shoot archery on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 18, 2016. The AFW2 regional CARE event provided a holistic opportunity for wounded warriors to enhance the four domains -- physical, mental, spiritual and social – of Comprehensive Airman Fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross) Wounded warriors given avenues during CARE event
Nearly 130 Air Force wounded warriors and caregivers attending the latest Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program’s CARE event at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, from Nov. 14-18 received tools and resources to help them deal with their individual challenges.
0 11/18
2016
Wayne Strube, a former Air Force security forces patrolman, coaches Army Staff Sgt. Lennis Lebarge as he rehabs his right knee with the Delfi machines BFR tourniquet at the Center for the Intrepid at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Sept. 13, 2016. The BFR tourniquet reduces blood flowing from the specific body part and expedites the healing process. Strube currently serves military service members as the CFI physical therapist in charge of the Return to Run program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.) Unique rehab center gets injured Airmen back on duty
Not long after receiving innovative care for serious combat-related injuries, 2nd Lt. Marc Esposito gave his future wife a tour of the unique rehabilitation center that helped the Air Force special operator get back to jumping out of planes. The state-of-the-art setting cast with advanced technology inside the Center for the Intrepid at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, impressed Elizabeth Russell Esposito so much that she took a job there.
0 11/16
2016
Default Air Force Logo DOD Warrior Games begin June 15
The 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games, an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, will take place June 15-21 in West Point, New York.
0 6/13
2016
Bob Lujano, a Paralympic athlete, speaks to wounded warriors at the opening ceremonies of the Northeast Region Warrior CARE Event at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 16, 2015. The event is held in conjunction with Warrior Care Month, a month dedicated to honoring the courage, resilience and accomplishments of wounded, ill and injured service members, their families and their caregivers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brian Ferguson) Warrior CARE event begins at Andrews
Opening ceremonies for the Northeast Region Warrior CARE Event took place at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 16.
0 11/17
2015
Default Air Force Logo AF Wounded Warrior Program helps ease the troubles
Two wounded warriors and their caregivers talked about how they’ve benefited from the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program and some areas of improvement during the Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16.
0 9/16
2015
Default Air Force Logo Wounded warrior adaptive sports camp, warrior care event slated for Aug. 25-28
More than 160 Air Force and Army wounded, ill or injured warriors from across the nation will gather Aug. 25-28 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington for a warrior care event and an introductory adaptive sports camp.
0 8/25
2015
Mike Dreyer, Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, representing the Air Force, shakes hands with his team members during team introductions at the 3rd annual Amputee Warrior Softball Classic June 6, 2015, at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, Md. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) Take me out to the ballgame, warrior style
Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team members and athletes from the NFL joined forces to compete in the 3rd annual Amputee Warrior Softball Classic June 6 at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, Maryland.
0 6/09
2015
(Courtesy photo) Don’t get hooked by phishers
Fast cash promises on popular social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are causing major problems for service members.
2 6/04
2015
Senior Airman Chris Fugitt, a retired 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airman and an Air Force wounded warrior athlete, lets the discus fly at the track during the second day of an introductory adaptive sports and rehabilitation camp at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., April 14, 2015. Two years after complications from a massive stroke forced Fugitt to retire from the Air Force, his warrior spirit enabled him to power past a number of debilitating setbacks and attend his first camp. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.) Eglin Airman participates in adaptive camp
Two years after complications from a massive stroke that forced Senior Airman Chris Fugitt to retire from the Air Force, his warrior spirit enabled him to power past a number of debilitating setbacks, to the point where he attended his first adaptive sports and rehabilitation camp here this week.
0 4/20
2015
Tech. Sgt. Ryan Delaney, an Air Force wounded warrior mentor, watches Tremayne Maxwell, an Air Force wounded warrior athlete, perfect his wheelchair basketball rolling skills during the first day of an introductory adaptive sports and rehabilitation camp at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., April 13, 2015. Delaney, a flight chief with the 412th Security Forces Squadron at Edwards AFB, Calif., helped prepare approximately 45 participants in the week-long camp and training events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.) An Airman's journey to wounded warrior mentorship
Tech. Sgt. Ryan Delaney couldn't be happier to be a mentor for the introductory adaptive sports and rehabilitation camp that happened here April 13-22.
0 4/20
2015
Capt. Nancy DeLaney commissioned in 2012 to support the Air Force’s mental health program. DeLaney said the Air Force places specific focus on preventative measures on the forefront of mental health care. DeLaney is the 633rd Medical Operations Squadron psychologist. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Austin Harvill) Mental misconceptions: Psychologist’s mental health perspective
Capt. Nancy DeLaney left her civilian position because she saw something no other mental health organization had -- the intent to prevent mental health issues, and provide care whenever necessary as the norm.
2 1/06
2015
Chief Master Sgt. Max Grindstaff is among the many Airmen who have benefited from the Air Force's mental health services. He took advantage of the mental health services in 2011 to help him cope with the aftermath of an inside attack while he was deployed to Afghanistan. The chief hopes his story encourages Airmen who witness or experience trauma to take advantage of the Air Force's numerous support programs and get help themselves. Grindstaff is the Air Force Academy's command chief. (U.S. Air Force/Carol Lawrence) Taking care of Airmen: How Air Force mental health services helped an Academy leader
Chief Master Sgt. Max Grindstaff, the Academy's command chief, said taking advantage of Air Force mental health support services helps him cope today with the deaths of nine Americans he served with in Kabul, Afghanistan.
2 11/25
2014
Kai, a service dog, lies on the lap of Staff Sgt. August O'Niell during an Air Force wounded, ill or injured warrior sitting volleyball practice  Nov. 18, 2014, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. O'Niell, a pararescueman, was wounded in July 2011 during a deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brian Ferguson) AFW2 helps Airmen take steps toward recovery
One would never know the twelve current and retired Airmen walking into the Joint Base Andrews West Fitness Center, Nov. 18, were wounded, ill or seriously injured. Minutes later, it is evident as the bleachers and floor fill with gym bags, volleyballs and prosthetic limbs, while two dogs sit loyally on the sideline waiting for their owners to return from practice.
0 11/19
2014
Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell and his wife, Tami, share a moment before he enters surgery Oct. 17, 2014, at the Baptist Health Medical Center, Little Rock, Ark. Caswell injured his leg while playing rugby, and has suffered multiple complications, which led up to him choosing amputation of his leg. Caswell is a 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Scott Poe) Losing the 16 pound burden, Airman makes difficult decision for his family
At age 28, Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell was an athlete who was well on his way to becoming an Air Force rugby player. While stationed in England, whenever Caswell wasn’t on the flightline working, he was out on the field playing his sport. From there, his dream was to take the next step of joining the USA rugby team. During his third season in the game, however, his dream came to a bone-shattering halt.
1 11/04
2014
Retired Maj. Jen Kyseth trains on her recumbent bike while her dog, Mack, waits by her side Sept. 15, 2014, in Sumter, S.C. Every time Kyseth trains on her bike, Mack is there with her to show support which boosts her motivation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Diana M. Cossaboom) Wounded warrior works through pain, competes for the win
Wounded warriors bear scars that formed them into the combatants they are.
0 10/01
2014
Default Air Force Logo TRICARE shines a light on suicide prevention awareness
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for Americans, and military veterans make up 20 percent of suicide deaths each year. TRICARE works with the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, the Department of Defense’s oversight authority to reduce the impact of suicide on Service members and their families, to provide mental health resources to all TRICARE beneficiaries.
0 9/12
2014
Retired Air Force Capt. Sarah Evans dives off the block during training at the Aquatics Center competition pool Sept. 8, 2014, in London. Evans said medals would be great, but she just wants to make her team, country and family proud during the first 2014 Invictus Games. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee) US warrior athletes hit the pool in preparation for Invictus Games
USA Team athletes, who will compete here in the inaugural Invictus Games, took to the pool the morning of Sept. 9, to fine tune their technique and get familiar with the water they will compete against 13 other nations in.
0 9/09
2014
Max Rohn, a retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class, winds up to throw a discus during training for the inaugural 2014 Invictus Games at Mayesbrook Field Sept. 8, 2014, in London. The Invictus Games is an international Paralympic-style, multi-sport event designed for wounded service members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee) US Team prepares for inaugural Invictus Games
Wounded warriors from the U.S. and 13 other nations came together here Sept. 8 to participate in their first team training for the inaugural Invictus Games.
1 9/09
2014
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Victoria Grey, middle, and Capt. Alexis Beauvais moulage a member of the Mongolian armed forces as part of mass casualty response training during Operation Pacific Angel 14-4 Mongolia, Aug. 8 2014, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Operation PACANGEL helps cultivate common bonds and fosters goodwill between the U.S., Mongolia and regional nations by conducting multilateral humanitarian assistance and civil military operations. Grey and Beauvais are medical subject matter expert instructors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. William Banton) Medical experts train counterparts in Mongolia
The sounds of agony filled the air near the wooded back lot of the Central Armed Forces Hospital, or CAFH, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, as an interpreter encouraged accident victims to ‘ham up’ their performances during mass casualty response training, as part of Operation Pacific Angel 14-4 Mongolia.
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2014
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