AW2 Annual Training—Changing Futures

By COL Jim Rice, AW2 Director

We’ve had a great week at AW2 Annual Training with a focus on “Changing Futures.” Spending time with 200 members of the AW2 staff was powerful—these people have so much passion, so much empathy. They genuinely care about AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and Families, and they want to do everything they can to support wounded warriors’ transition to life post-injury.

As we moved through the trainings sessions, AW2 Advocates had lots of detailed questions. They’ve asked how to help their wounded warriors get the most benefits possible—they wanted to understand all the details about each program and topic. I’ve been moved by the excitement in their voices when they share success stories about individual Soldiers, and I’ve seen the frustrations in their faces when they talk about hitting roadblocks. It’s also been heartening to see them support each other—suggesting solutions, offering encouragement, and reminding each other how our mission impacts lives.

The AW2 training team assembled a productive schedule, including in-depth sessions very applicable to the staff. These topics will enhance the quality service AW2 staff provide to AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and Families:

  • Tricare and Medicare
  • Social Security for Wounded Warriors
  • Finance Information
  • AW2 Eligibility Requirements
  • Continuing on Active Duty/Reserve (COAD/COAR)
  • Traumatic Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) and Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC)
  • Social Media Engagement
  • Resiliency and Compassion Fatigue
  • Four in-depth sessions on Veterans Affairs benefits

To the AW2 staff, thank you for all you do to “change futures” for AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and Families. You are making a difference, and I’m proud to serve with you.

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One Comments

  1. Tanganika Chalfant says:

    Dear Sir,
    AW2 Advocates is a blessing for the soldiers that are wounded warriors it is not very often that someone other than the family fights for the soldiers rights. My husband is a wounded warrior her at fort sam houston and I have found myself in the middle a tornado in dealing with the military and all his care. What a blessing to know that not everyone is as difficult as the WWU here at FT SAM. Thank you for all you do because our wounded warriors need strong advocates to aid them to recovery and a positive life after going through a life changing event. I would like to now what consideration is made for the ill wounded warriors since my husband has a brain tumor. Life is crazy as the spouse of a wounded warrior. I only what is right for my husband. Thank you once again because without you a lot more soldiers would suffer.

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