Event Support: Air Force and DoD Events

AFA's Wounded Airman Program serves as a nonprofit partner for the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program. AFW2 offers Warrior CARE events to all wounded, ill, or injured Air Force service members and authorized caregivers. These regional events bring together more than 100 wounded warriors and caregivers to bond through Caregiver Support, Adaptive Sports and Rehabilitative Sports, Recovering Airman Mentorship, and Employment and Career Readiness.

Many Airmen tell us that they were spending their days sitting on a couch alone and depressed before they came to their first Warrior CARE event. We watch Airmen come to their first event scared and feeling like they don't belong, and by the time the event ends, they are hugging everyone in sight, equipped with new resiliency tools and reconnected with their Air Force family.

The Wounded Airman Program is proud to offer Airmen for Life Travel Assistance so unfunded veteran wounded Airmen can attend Warrior CARE events, the Air Force Warrior Games Trials, and the DoD Warrior Games.

In addition, we are proud to support Warrior CARE events by providing meals, caregiver activities, in-kind donations, social receptions, and more. The Wounded Airman Program team is on-site at Warrior CARE events to help as needs arise with the wounded Airmen and to identify new needs and remind our Air Force Wounded Warriors that we are always there to support them.

"Being involved in CARE events and the Warrior Games taught me there is still ability in my disability. It taught me I'm not forgotten. I'm still part of the Air Force family. I don't feel alone anymore. Without AFA, we wouldn't be able to heal like that."

-Josh Leary, TSgt (Ret.)

WAP at the 2018 Warrior Games

The Wounded Airman Program kicked off our support of the Warrior Games by hosting a pep rally for all Air Force Wounded Warriors. We welcomed 150 team members, coaches, family members, community supporters, local Air Force leadership, and more to an evening of motivational speeches, refreshments, laughter, and excitement!

Eight of the 40 member Air Force team and one caregiver were funded to attend through AFA's Airmen for Life travel assistance.

During the track and field competitions, the Wounded Airman Program hosted a hospitality tent for 1,200 wounded warriors and family members across all services. They stopped by to grab coffee, cold drinks, snacks, treats for the kids, and ice cream. We were proud to offer this service to so many wounded warriors to say thank you for everything they have done for our country.