AW2 Weekly Digest May 17-28

  • AW2 Soldiers SPC Jake Altman and MAJ Andrew Lynch were featured in a Stars and Stripes article about being injured and returning to duty.
  • AW2 Soldiers SSG Jeffery Anderson, WO1 Johnathan Holsey, and SGT Michael Lukow were featured in a Belvoir Eagle article about representing Fort Belvoir at the Warrior Games.
  • AW2 Soldiers SPC Michael Badman and SFC Landon Ranker and AW2 Veteran Adam Cox were featured in The Leaf-Chronicle in an article about returning from Warrior Games with more than medals.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Michael Beck, featured in Rocky Mount Telegram, is continuing to learn how to adapt to his surroundings and preparing for his future—while fighting to use both of his legs.
  • AW2 Soldiers SGT Lilina Benning, CPT Juan Guerrero, SPC Dominique Haynes, WO1 Johnathan Holsey, and SPC Craig Smith were featured in a NPR photo essay about the Warrior Games.
  • AW2 Soldier LT Dan Berschinski was featured in a WXIA-TV story about a big homecoming event in his honor and a Seattle Times article about a school raising funds to support him and other injured Soldiers.
  • AW2 Veterans Bob Briggs and BJ Jackson and their Families, along with AW2 Advocate Ken Garot, were featured in a two-part segment entitled “Wounded Soldiers Fighting New Battle at Home” and Part 2.
  • AW2 Soldiers CPT Gates Brown, CWO Ari Jean-Baptiste, and CPT Timothy Hornik and AW2 Veterans Wesley Fine, David Holden, and Robert Laurent, featured on Journal World & News and the Kansas University website, were a part of the first class to graduate from the Wounded Warrior Initiative.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Rob Brown, featured in Army News, finished third for the “Ultimate Champion” title at the Warrior Games.
  • AW2 Soldiers SGT Robert Brown and WO1 Johnathan Holsey were mentioned in a article about the Warrior Games’ final standings.
  • AW2 Veteran Ken Butler, featured on Vermont Public Radio, discussed returning to where his injuries took place in an effort to help come to terms with them.
  • AW2 Veteran Bill Campbell was featured in a Voice of America article about service dogs helping war wounded.
  • AW2 Soldier CPT Ivan Castro and AW2 Veteran Kortney Clemons were featured in a WTC press release about adaptive sports changing lives for wounded warriors.
  • BG Gary Cheek, Warrior Transition Command Commander, was featured in The Gazette and Defense News discussing the Warrior Games.
  • AW2 Veteran Stuart Contant, featured in San Francisco Examiner, cycled across America in the Sea to Shining Sea bike ride—to prove that there is life after war and injury. AW2 Veterans Stuart Contant and Chad Jukes, were also featured on KALW-NPR in another story about the ride.
  • AW2 Veteran William Cooper was featured in a PR Newswire article about how his transition began with AMVETS and led to his recruitment into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Wounded Warrior Program.
  • AW2 Soldier LTC Danny Dudek, featured on the City of Sacramento website, was a special guest at the “Thank You For Your Service” event that featured demonstrations of U.S. Paralympics-sanctioned sports.
  • AW2 Soldiers 1LT Matthew Daum and SPC Gustavo Rivera, featured in Northwest Guardian, were honored guests during Military Appreciation Day.
  • AW2 Veteran Neil Duncan, featured on ABC Evening News and NPR, was one of a handful of injured Veterans to take part in a new partnership between the Wounded Warrior Project and Vandy-1.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Brendan Ferreira was featured in a Herald News article about how his platoon saved his life and the support he is receiving from his community.
  • AW2 Soldier SSG Dewayne Frost, featured in The Sun News, conducted a prayer service during Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach.
  • AW2 Soldier LTC Greg Gadson and his Family were featured in The Herald in an article about his children receiving educational scholarships from the Folds of Honor Foundation.
  • AW2 Veterans Noah Galloway, Brent Hendrix, and Jason Kokotkiewicz, featured on Army News, visited Iraq as part of Operation Proper Exit.
  • AW2 Veteran Joseph Gross, featured in Akron Beacon Journal, is helping other wounded Veterans—he is the Ohio and Michigan coordinator for the Wounded Warrior Project.
  • AW2 Soldier CPT Juan Guerrero was featured on NPR in a story about going for gold in the Warrior Games.
  • AW2 Veteran Ryan Hallberg, featured on WCCO-TV, tells his story in a documentary called “For Honor With Valor.”
  • AW2 Soldier WO1 Johnathan Holsey, featured in Federal News Service, would not leave a team mate behind during the Warrior Games.
  • AW2 Soldier MAJ Andy Ingalsbe and his wife Judy were featured in a KYTV-TV story about coming home after his injury.
  • AW2 Soldier SFC Jacque Keeslar, featured in The Los Angeles Times, discussed the competitive and healing aspect of the Warrior Games.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Daniel Lopez was featured in a Virginian-Pilot article about winning a silver medal in the Warrior Games.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Michael Lukow, SPC Evan Marcy, SGT Robert Price, and SPC Craig Smith, featured on, participated in the Warrior Games.
  • AW2 Veteran Corey Lyons, featured in Highlands Today, received an emotional homecoming from his community.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Kisha Makerney, featured in Defense News, discussed the passion that got her through the early days of recovery and competing in the Warrior Games.
  • AW2 Soldier LT Jason Mazzella and SGT Darren Mischke, along with WTC Commander BG Gary Cheek, were featured in an Army News article about the progress at Warrior Transition Units.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Joe Mershon was featured in a Bradford Era article about a rally and dice run to benefit wounded warriors.
  • AW2 Veteran Brian Neuman was featured in a Wall Street Journal article about USAA’s recruiting drive to hire battle-scarred Veterans readjusting to civilian life.
  • AW2 Veteran Kevin Pannell, featured on KGW, works for a non-profit that helps kids and will be receiving a specially-adapted home from Homes For Our Troops.
  • AW2 Veteran Mike Payeur, featured in the Journal-Tribune, thinks his mother, Pam, deserves an award for giving freedom back to Veterans.
  • AW2 Veteran José Pequeño, featured in Naples Daily News, participated in a Memorial Day weekend picnic and concert to benefit wounded Veterans.
  • AW2 Veteran Frank Pierson, featured in Suburban Chicago News, will receive a custom home from Homes for Our Troops and his community.
  • AW2 Veteran, Joshua Revak, honored fallen Soldiers with music on a Memorial Day special for “The Huckabee Show” on Fox News.
  • AW2 Veteran Erik Schei and his mother Christine, featured in Boston Globe, will benefit from a new law providing a salary for those working as caregivers.
  • AW2 Soldier SPC Charles Shaffer is mentioned in a KSDK-TV article about a wounded Veterans advocacy group picnic trip to Fort Leonard Wood.
  • AW2 Soldier CPT Scott Smiley was featured in a CBS News story about finding a new niche in military and pulling himself up from faith-shaking depths.
  • AW2 Soldier SPC Chris “Craig” Smith, featured in Army News, about the Army winning silver in wheelchair basketball at Warrior Games.
  • AW2 Veteran James Stuck, featured in Defense News, is an ambassador for the Paralympic organization and served as a mentor at the Warrior Games.
  • AW2 Soldier SSG Johnny Wilson and his Family, featured on CBS 11 and KXAS-TV, will receive a specially-adapted home from their community.
  • AW2 Veteran Arthur “Bunky” Woods, featured in Northern Virginia Daily, will receive a specially-adapted home from Front Royal Rotary Club and Homes For Our Troops.

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