JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md., Nov. 13, 2019 —
JBA is scheduled to host the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program’s Northeast CARE event Nov. 15-23.
The AFW2 Program provides personalized care and services for wounded, ill, or injured Airmen through adaptive sports programs, caregiver training and strategies, post-military transition assistance as well as benefits and entitlement assistance.
This year, JBA will house AFW2 sessions for archery, shooting, rowing, cycling, powerlifting and more.
Healing, recovery and resiliency workshops involving art, yoga, and writing will be offered at an off-base location. Resiliency is a topic Air Force leadership has been emphasizing in an effort to improve relationships with Airmen.
“These CARE events are the perfect opportunity for us to connect with our wingmen across the Air Force and educate them on what our program can do for them and their families,” said Marsha Gonzalez, Air Force Wounded Warrior Program warrior care support branch chief. “At the end of the day, [the Air Force is] striving to create a culture of caring … one that empowers everyone to seek help early and often, regardless of rank or career field.”
The AFW2 Program’s mission can be summarized by the acronym CARE:
Caregiver Support: Provides coping tools and strategies to help family members and friends.
Adaptive Sports & Resiliency: Rebuilds confidence in warriors by improving physical and spiritual fitness.
Recovering Airman Mentorship: Workshops that develop mentors and connect them with other warriors to promote and encourage healing. Empowerment in Transition: Offers post military life transition guidance.
Visit www.woundedwarrior.af.mil to learn more about the program, refer a wounded warrior and search for a local recovery care center.