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 fund. In other words, if you give $100 to the WAP, that $100 will go toward the support we give our wounded Airmen.
AFA is proud to administer the Wounded Airman Program but we need your help to make it happen! If you would like to support AFA's Wounded Airman Program to include program administration costs, please donate to AFA's Airmen & Family Programs.
In the first three years as a formal program, we have given out over $300,000 in direct support to wounded Airmen and their families through the Wounded Airman Program! 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,
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select “Wounded Airman.” To help support the total program costs, Wounded Airmen and other family programs, please select "Airmen & Family Programs."
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Wounded Airmen are addressed in Colorado Springs days after the official signing of our MOU.
The Wounded Airman Program was brought
forward in 2011 when General Phillip 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!
The Wounded Airman Program could not operate without the help of its generous volunteers and donors. Thank you!