Our Wounded Airman Program was started in 2011, when General Phil Breedlove, then Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, was visiting an Airman at Walter Reed. The Airman was rooming with warriors from the other Services and General Breedlove recognized our Airman was not receiving the same level of support from our Air Force as the other warriors were receiving from their Services. AFA was asked to take the lead in raising awareness and support within the Air Force community, and our chapters stepped in immediately. Within the next week, our Nation's Capital Chapter, Virginia's D.W. Steele, Sr. Memorial Chapter, and San Antonio's Alamo Chapter engaged with their local medical centers and started providing support with their own funds. From there, the program was raised to the national level, where AFA is now reaching Airmen and connecting them with their community chapters all around the country. Today we are supporting the work of the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) office at each of the adaptive sports camps, as well as directly helping Airmen financially, with adapted equipment, and lifestyle items. Since officially announcing our agreement with the Air Force in October, 2013, we continue to look to ways to have a larger and more public impact with the program. With approximately 4,373 Airmen on record as wounded*, we need your support!
What We Do
We receive requests for aid for Wounded Airmen in two ways: directly from AFW2’s office, or through an Airman that has been identified by one of our AFA members in the community. Once we’ve confirmed that the Airman is properly recorded, we then take the necessary steps to fulfill requests as we can. With the Airman’s permission, we help connect them with AFA support in their neighborhoods. We care about the continued success and recovery of each Airman and their caregivers and families.
Some examples of aid:
-lifestyle and accessibility items
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”.
From our Chapters:
"We purchased commissary gift cards which I presented to [a Wounded Airman] on Saturday. To say the least, she was very appreciative of the gift--which she said would help her and her family out significantly.
However, [she] was not the only one to receive a gift--because, I too, was privileged to hear her story of what I call “optimistic resilience” in the face of looming health issues and a medical community that ultimately verified the true cause of her situation and began the level of treatment and oversight most needed for her condition.
[The Airman] also graciously accepted our offer of a free AFA membership sponsored by the chapter. Further, I invited her to our chapter’s holiday party.
Thank you, for the opportunity to directly help one of our very own! On behalf of the chapter, we really appreciate it!
MICHAEL E. BULLINGTON
President, John C. Stennis Chapter
Paula Roy, Director of Airmen and Family Programs, addresses wounded Airmen in Colorado Springs.
*An Air Force Wounded Warrior is any seriously or very
seriously wounded, ill or injured Airman identified on a casualty
report, or recommended by the medical community, as having highly
complex medical conditions identified by the medical community. Also
included are Airmen who have been referred to the Integrated Disability
Evaluation System (IDES) for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic
brain injury and/or other mental health conditions, or who have been
retained for more than six months on medical Title 10 orders, or
returned to Title 10 orders, for medical conditions related to
We couldn't do this without the help of our generous volunteers, donors, and sponsors, including the companies below. Thank you!