More than 30 Air Force wounded warriors gathered in June 2013, to kick off a two-day adaptive sports camp designed to help them overcome challenges and enjoy a physically active lifestyle.
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Programs Help Wounded Warriors Thrive

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More than 30 Air Force wounded warriors gathered in June 2013, to kick off a two-day adaptive sports camp designed to help them overcome challenges and enjoy a physically active lifestyle.

This was the first Air Force Wounded Warriors Adaptive Sports Camp, held especially for the patients here and at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., where Airmen are healing and learning to adapt to the new realities of their lives.

Attitude and self-confidence have more to do with wellbeing than previously thought. And here, energy and enthusiasm equate to better overall healing.

This highlights the importance of long term care Wounded Warrior programs at a when federal budget sequesters might be threatening their availability and staffing.

As part of the Air Force's Wounded Warrior Program, this sports camp is intended to introduce adaptive sports during the earliest stages of recovery for service members.

"These heroes have had their lives turned upside down as a result of combat or other injuries and health issues they have encountered," said Tony Jasso, the Air Force Wounded Warrior adaptive sports program manager. "

Sports like wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, archery, swimming, air rifle/pistol shooting and track, and field help keep them active which is essential to both physical and mental wellness.

In fact these can be called activities that help service members get back in the game - literally and emotionally.

The value of Wounded Warrior programs, as service members make the sometimes a complicated transition back to work in their branch or into civilian life, cannot be stressed enough.

Supporting our service members who gave so much should be a part of everybody's mission.

The Air Force Wounded Warrior program works hand-in-hand with the Air Force Survivor Assistance Program and Airman and family readiness centers to ensure Airmen receive professional support and care from the point of injury through separation or retirement, for life.

Read more about the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program.



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