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Invisible Wounds Panel Invisible wounds: Finding a voice
Air Force leadership and wounded warriors came together to speak out on invisible wounds during a panel discussion at this year’s Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference, Sept. 18, 2017.
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2017
Caregivers Caregivers play critical role in lives of wounded warriors
Tech. Sgt. Eric Fisher was two months into a five-month deployment in 2011 to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, when he suffered a heart attack after an intense rocket attack, and a day of moving heavy pallets on the flight line.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 19
On this look around the Air Force a Wounded Warrior receives the Pat Tillman award at the ESPYs, a medical exercise in Minnesota provides free healthcare for local residents, and Red Flag 17-3 features F-35s from both the Air Force and the Marine Corps. Hosted by Tech. Sgt. Robbie Arp.
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2017
Staff Sgt. David Olson, an explosive ordnance disposal troop from Abilene, Texas, competes in the seated shot put at the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games July 5, 2017, at Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill. A brush with suicide occurred near the beginning of 2017, and Olson recounted his personal struggle with suicidal ideations along with the toll his physical and invisible wounds have taken not just on his life, but on those of his loved ones. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons) Adaptive sports shift outlook on life
“I was sitting at home alone one night and had taken out my pistol; I remember how cool it felt in my hands and knowing I was moments away from taking my life. In that split second, my phone went off with a text from one of my Airmen who said he needed my help getting to work the next morning, and I remember putting down my weapon to be there for him. That next morning, I planned on picking up where I had left off, but received an email from the Air Force Wounded Warrior saying I had been accepted into their program… that text and that email saved my life.”
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2017
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks with Staff Sgt. Melinda Smith, a finance and comptroller troop from Keyser, W.Va., at the 2017 Warrior Games July 1, 2017 at McCormick Place-Lakeside Center in Chicago. Smith will participate in archery, field, shooting and track in this year’s games. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chip Pons) AF leaders cheer on Airmen at Warrior Games
Air Force senior leaders attended the 2017 Warrior Games opening ceremonies July 1, 2017, in Chicago to show support for the athletes participating in the weeklong competition.
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2017
Senior Airman Christopher D’Angelo, a heavy equipment operator, has worked to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder with the help of his family. Healing from invisible wounds
On Jan. 15, 2008, Senior Airman Christopher D’Angelo, a heavy equipment operator, was the lead gunner in an armored vehicle convoy on a road near Baghdad. The sun was shining and the air comfortable. His unit had just transported construction materials to forward operating bases and was currently scouting an area to see how they might transport heavy equipment.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo JB San Antonio-Randolph to host Warrior CARE event Jan. 9-13
The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program will host a Warrior CARE Event Jan. 9 -13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph where about 120 wounded, ill or injured service men and women from across the nation are expected to participate.
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2017
Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-130 Hercules debrief NCO-in-charge, stands in a C-130 hangar at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 5, 2017. After a sports injury in 2010, Caswell underwent a year of surgeries, two years of painful limb-recovery therapy, followed by physical therapy. In October 2014, his limb still hadn’t healed and began to worsen. Caswell elected to amputate his injured leg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Deployed wounded warrior completes back-to-back tours
“Being here, you get treated like a normal person, not like an amputee. Not like an injured guy,” said Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell, as he added more 45-pound plates to his barbell.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Recovery care coordinators provide ‘boots on the ground’ support
During his 30-year Air Force career, Keith Mondloch spent much of his time on the flightline as an aircraft maintainer, but he also devoted many hours as a senior NCO helping young Airmen with personnel, financial and legal issues.
0 1/03
2017
Wounded warrior athletes from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines prepare for the joint-service Warrior CARE Month Sitting Volleyball Tournament at the Pentagon Nov. 17, 2016. The warrior CARE event offers participants caregiver support and recovering Airmen mentorship, training and adaptive and rehabilitative sports training. CARE stands for Caregiver Support Program, Adaptive and Rehabilitative Sports Program, Recovering Airmen Mentorship Program, and Employment and Career Readiness Program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett) AF hosts Warrior Care Sitting Volleyball Tournament
The volleyball courts were clear as athletes made their way into the Pentagon Athletic Center. Some arrived in wheelchairs. Some were missing limbs. Many had wounds which couldn’t be seen. As they sat down on the court for warm-ups, they all had something in common…they were all wounded warriors. About 50 wounded warriors participated in the joint-service Warrior CARE Sitting Volleyball Tournament here Nov. 17.
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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.
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2016
U.S. Air Force Capt. Christy Wise, 71st Rescue Squadron pilot, checks the wing of an HC-130J Combat King II during pre-flight checks, July 22, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Wise is the sixth Air Force pilot to return to the cockpit after becoming an amputee. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan)
Amputee regains wings
An HC-130J Combat King II pilot at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, became the sixth amputee and the first female amputee to return to the cockpit. After an above-the-knee amputation and nearly 15 months of rehabilitation -- learning to walk, run and fly again -- Air Force Capt. Christy Wise, a 71st Rescue Squadron HC-130J pilot, was medically cleared to retake to the skies on July 22.
0 7/25
2016
If you, or someone you know, have been through a traumatic event, seek out a mental health provider and request a screening. PTSD does not usually go away on its own and the earlier you seek help the sooner  you can start feeling better and return to the life you want to lead.  (AF Graphic)
PTSD awareness leads to positive treatment
Post-traumatic stress disorder can be debilitating in some patients, but thanks to advancements in research and the continued training of mental health providers, treatments are getting better all the time. Maj. Joel Foster, the chief of Air Force Deployment Mental Health, said treating PTSD has improved dramatically in the last 20 years.
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2016
Air Force veteran Master Sgt. D. Reese Hines competes in archery for visually impaired people during the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. June 17, 2016. DoD photo by EJ Hersom Archers compete in first visual impairment category at Warrior Games
Wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans continue to break personal records and show fans and friends amazing feats and June 17 was no different, as archers competed in the first-ever visual impairment category at the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy.
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2016
Staff Sgt. Gideon Connelly, left, and France's Michael Mayali sprint during the men's 200-meter dash at the Invictus Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., May 10, 2016. Mayali earned the silver medal, and Connelly, a member of the Maryland Air National Guard, took the bronze medal. (Defense Department photo/Roger Wollenberg)  Guardsman sprints to multiple medals at Invictus Games
Staff Sgt. Gideon Connelly, the only Air National Guardsman on the American team, earned a silver medal in the 4x100 relay and bronze medals in the 100- and 200-meter races during this year’s Invictus Games at the ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex in Orlando.
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2016
Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro throws a shotput during the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Fla., May 10, 2016. He earned a gold medal in the men’s shot put in his disability category. (DOD photo/EJ Hersom) Del Toro inspires others during Invictus Games, earns gold at shot put
Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro is all about smiles and inspiring others as he competes at the Invictus Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
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2016
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Maureen Stewart) May issue of Airman magazine now available
The May issue of Airman magazine is now available to download and is viewable through a Web browser. In the cover story, titled “‘We Chose This,’” you’ll go behind the scenes of the challenging training course required to become a Phoenix Raven at the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.
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2016
Wounded warriors and pararescuemen Staff Sgt. August O’Neill, right, and Staff Sgt. Nick Robillard prepare to deliver the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program flag during the opening ceremony of the 2016 U.S. Air Force Trials at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 26, 2016. O’Neill is training to recertify for duty as a pararescueman after the loss of his leg due to wounds suffered in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Taylor Curry) Airman seeks to rejoin pararescue team despite loss of leg
In July 2011, Staff Sgt. August O’Neill, a pararescueman, was sent to rescue a group of Marines pinned down in Afghanistan when enemy insurgents opened fire on his team’s helicopter. A round bounced off the helicopter’s door, tearing through both of O’Neill’s lower legs and critically wounding his left. O’Neill finally told doctors to remove his left leg last year, but he remains determined to continue his career as a pararescueman.
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2016
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Maureen Stewart) March issue of Airman magazine now available
The March issue of Airman magazine is now available to download and is viewable through a Web browser. In the cover story, titled “Behind the Blast Doors,” we pull back the curtain to Cheyenne Mountain, to bring you an insiders’ look at "Americas's Fortress." Airman magazine provides an interactive experience for tablet readers and a limited interactive version is viewable in Web browser format.
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2016
U.S. veterans ride their mountain bikes during a Ride 2 Recovery program Feb. 2, 2016, at Blue Diamond, Nev. R2R is a veteran program that saves lives by restoring hope and purpose by reaching out to veterans through cycling as a therapy for injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and creates a family for them to be a part of again. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) Biking brings hope to wounded, recovering veterans
Members from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, volunteered as part of the Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) program and brought more than 20 wounded and recovering veterans together for the Vegas Challenge Feb. 1-3 in Blue Diamond, Nevada.
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2016
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