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Air Force Wounded Warrior program offers many services

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The Air Force Wounded Warrior program has changed since its inception in 2008.

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

One of the biggest changes is that the program used to only cover physical wounds, but it's 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 here.

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 the person continue having a productive life in society.

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

The program hosts events for the recovering service member, and also gives them opportunities for jobs, benefits, entitlements and other programs available to the wounded warrior.

The biggest challenge to the program is another privately funded organization by a similar name.

"We are not connected with them. This is an Air Force program," Burns said.

Financial and family counseling are also available to the service members.  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.