Program offers plethora of resources to service members

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  • By Angela Woolen
  • Robins Public Affairs
The Air Force Wounded Warrior program has changed since its inception in 2008.

As part of the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Linn Watkins, the base representative receptive care coordinator, handles the cases at Robins.

There are 4,300 members in the program worldwide; Robins has 37 active cases, Watkins said.

The program has been expanded to include injuries while in an accident or illnesses. 

It also includes post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, said Dwayne Burns, Air Force Recovery Care Coordinator at the Air Force Warrior and Survivor Care Program.

The program helps recovering service members with support in both clinical and non-clinical settings for up to five years by offering services designed to help them continue having productive lives in society, said Watkins.

"The main focus is getting them better for reintegration," she said.

The program hosts events for recovering service members, and also gives them opportunities for jobs, benefits, entitlements and other programs.

"This is an Air Force program," Burns said.

Financial and family counseling are also available to the serviceman or woman. 

With the AFW2 program, both Watkins and Burns are connected to various employers who want to hire former military members.

"We want to build a plan to help them achieve their goals to independence," Watkins said.