AFA’s Wounded Airman Program Participates in the Northeast Warrior CARE Event
In 2008, the Secretary of Defense designated November as Warrior Care Month to inform members of the military, their families and communities about the programs provided through the Warrior Care system. This month, our Wounded Airman Program was proud to support the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Warrior CARE event held at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Held around the country, these events provide our seriously wounded, ill and injured Airmen and their caregivers with much needed caregiver support training, recovering Airmen mentorship training, adaptive sports rehabilitation and career readiness guidance.
AFA’s Wounded Airman Program is proud to play a special role in all of the Air Force Warrior CARE events and the November event was the largest yet! We were on-site to provide refreshments during the kickoff event, assist with logistics, support caregiver and employment training sessions, cheer on wounded Airmen competing in adaptive sports and provide last minute emergency financial assistance when needed. We also participated in a CARE Fair where we were able to talk to the more than 120 participants about what AFA and our Wounded Airman Program can offer.
The Wounded Airman Program also hosted a river cruise around the Potomac on the Spirit of Washington as a special thank you for all of the courageous and tireless efforts of the AFW2 Caregivers. Through a partnership with the Airpower Foundation, we are proud to take time to honor these hidden heroes. The caregivers had the time of their lives enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation, while being entertained by a D.J., dancing, and world-class cuisine.
AFA’s President Larry O. Spencer, served as the scorekeeper during the adaptive sports wheelchair basketball tournament and cheered on the teams competing in seated volleyball at the week’s end. The Warrior CARE event closed with a terrific live performance, including an original song written and performed by the warriors and caregivers. This event was spearheaded by Wesley Geer (former lead guitarist of the band Korn) as a part of his Rock to Recovery program providing music as a form of therapy for wounded warriors.
The events throughout the week highlighted the inspiration shown by the men and women who choose a path of courage and determination every day. AFA’s Wounded Airman Program serves as a pillar of strength for these individuals and is always looking for your support. You can learn more about the program here.