The Wounded Airman Program was brought forward in 2011 when General Phil Breedlove, then Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, was visiting an Airman at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Airman was rooming with warriors from the other services and General Breedlove recognized the Airman was not receiving the same level of support from the Air Force as the other service members were receiving from their respective branches.
The Air Force Association (AFA) was asked to take the lead in raising awareness and support for wounded Airman within the Air Force community. AFA Chapters all around the country immediately stepped in to help support through their own funds and relationships with their local medical centers. From there, the program grew to a national level, where AFA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Air Force in 2013 officially establishing the Wounded Airman Program. Today we continue to work with the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program by supporting their Adaptive Sports Camps, Warrior Training Camps and at the annual Warrior Games, while also providing direct support to wounded Airmen.
Examples of aide:
- lifestyle and accessibility items
- adapted equipment
- financial aid
- caregiver support
- on-site support at Adaptive Sports Camps
- on-site support at Warrior Games
As the Wounded Airman Program is operated and administered by the Air Force Association, 100% of donations made by individuals restricted to use for the WAP goes directly to supporting Wounded Airmen. Overhead and staff time are covered by AFA’s general fund. We need support for both, but you can rest assured that we’re serving our Wounded Airmen with integrity. Using our network of chapters and members, and our resources through
restricted fundraising, we are able to fulfill needs for equipment,
quality of life items for Wounded Airmen, under the expanded definition
of seriously ill, wounded, or injured. To donate to this initiative,
click DONATE and
select “Wounded Airmen”.
Paula Roy, Director of Airmen and Family Programs, addresses wounded Airmen in Colorado Springs.
We couldn't do this without the help of our generous volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Thank you!