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Wounded Airman Program

AFA remains committed to taking care of our wounded, ill and injured Airmen that have given so much to our Air Force and our nation. Under a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Air Force, AFA operates our Wounded Airman Program (WAP) in partnership with the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program to provide much needed support to our wounded Airmen. Examples of support include prosthetics, financial aid, caregiver support, on-site support at adaptive sports camps and the Department of Defense Warrior Games and much more.

100% of funds donated to AFA's Wounded Airman Program are used in direct support of wounded Airmen. The WAP is operated and administered by AFA with staff time and overhead fees covered by AFA's general fun. In other words, if you give $100 to the WAP, that $100 will go toward the support we give our wounded Airmen.

In 2014 the WAP provided over $133,000 in direct support to wounded Airmen! As the program continues to grow, so will the amount of direct support we are able to provide. We need your help to give our wounded Airmen the best possible support they deserve. 

To donate to the Wounded Airman Program, click DONATE and select “Wounded Airman”


   Paula Roy, Director of Airmen &Family Programs addresses wounded Airmen in Colorado Springs.

WAP History

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 service members from different branches and General Breedlove recognized he 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 was asked to take the lead in raising awareness and support for wounded Airmen within the Air Force community. AFA Chapters from 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 the annual Department of Defense Warrior Games, while also providing direct support to wounded Airmen.

AFA's Wounded Airman Program is rooted in Airmen taking care of Airmen, be a part of their support system by donating today!

WAP Committee Roles & Responsibilities


The Wounded Airman Program could not operate without the help of its generous volunteers and donors. Thank you!