AW2 Weekly Digest February 15-19

  • AW2 Soldier SPC Steve Baskis, featured in the Daily Herald, is participating in “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” program to help him rebuild his body and train for the 2012 Paralympics in London.
  • AW2 Soldier MAJ Tammy Duckworth, featured in the Hampton Roads Daily Press and Hampton Roads Recon, spoke on post-combat stress and traumatic brain injury at the 2010 Virginia is for Heroes Conference in Richmond.
  • AW2 Veteran Dawn Halfaker, featured in Good Housekeeping, discussed the need for more female care at VA medical centers.
  • AW2 Veteran Scott Winkler, featured on WJBF-TV, told his story about competing in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics—which will be chronicled in a movie—and teaching and training other injured Veterans.

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AW2 Weekly Digest February 1-5

  • AW2 Veterans Omar AvilaFerris Butler, Charles Dominguez, Jay Fain, and Lonnie Moore and AW2 Soldiers SFC Joshua Olson and SFC Michael Schlitz, featured in DOD News and The Lead Online, returned to Iraq as part of Operation Proper Exit, a program aimed at helping the warriors find emotional closure after being injured.
  • AW2 Veteran Zach Gardner, featured in Arkansas City Traveler, was connected with a nonprofit group that gave him a computer to assist with his college classes through his AW2 Advocate.
  • AW2 Veteran Sean P. Moore, featured in Army News, was hired by the Sierra Army Depot through the assistance of AW2.
  • AW2 Soldier CPT Scott M. Smiley, featured in DOD News and Times Herald-Record, became the first blind officer to lead a company as he assumed command of the Warrior Transition Unit at the U.S. Military Academy.
  • AW2 Veteran Matt Staton, featured in DOD News, received technology-based assistance that has enabled him to embark on a successful post-military life.
  • AW2 Veteran Dave Sterling, featured in The Garden City Telegram, spent a weekend of hunting and bantering with fellow servicemen at the Heartland Heroes Hunt at Fort Carson, CO.

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AW2 Weekly Digest January 18-29

  • AW2 Veterans and Family members attended the Army Family Action Plan Worldwide Conference in Arlington, VA, and are pictured with Secretary of the Army John McHugh in Army News. [Back row (L-R): Mario and Angelica Bracamonte, Melissa Cramblett and David Proctor, Jared and Jennifer Hatch, Ken and Brenda Kraft, and Jay Wilkerson. Front row (L-R): Vivica Stokes and Secretary of the Army John McHugh holding Stokes’ service dog, Starsky.
  • AW2 Soldier SPC Michael Brown, featured in Albany Times Union, reunited with his brother and hit the ski slopes at Windham Mountain Resort.
  • AW2 Veteran Michael Cain and AW2 Soldiers SFC Jonathan Grundy and SSG Preston Jackson were featured in MHS Profiles in an article about outdoor activities and community-supported recreational programs that provide wounded warriors with the confidence, strength, and pride required to heal both body and soul.
  • AW2 Family, the Calhouns, were featured in a The Leaf Chronicle article about receiving a free house from Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit program.
  • AW2 Soldier CPT Ivan Castro, featured in The Fayetteville Observer, is the first blind officer to receive a diploma from the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, GA, and is now the operations officer for Fort Bragg’s Special Operations Recruiting Battalion.
  • BG Gary Cheek, commanding general, U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC), featured in DOD News, signed an agreement with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to increase opportunities for wounded warriors.
  • AW2 Soldier Melissa Cramblett is featured in Recruiter Journal (page 12) in an article about being a volunteer official spokesperson for www.StayStrongNation.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping servicemembers recover from post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • AW2 Veteran Robert “Bobby” Henline, featured on KENS-TV, shares his story of burn injuries in a standup comedy act to make people laugh and also raise awareness.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Quitman “Trey” Lockley and his Family are featured on KKTV- TV in a story about his miraculous recovery from his injuries.
  • AW2 Veteran Joseph Paulk was featured on WNDU-TV in an article about Operation Mend giving Soldiers their faces back through reconstructive surgery at no charge.
  • Oregon Soldiers, featured on KVAL-TV, recounted a roadside bomb attack and how they saved AW2 Soldier SPC Jeremy Pierce’s life.
  • AW2 Veteran Matthew Staton, featured in DOD News, spoke at the 2010 Military Health System Conference about the technology-based care he received through the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program that has enabled a successful post-military life.
  • AW2 Veteran Scott Vycital and AW2 Advocate Christine Cook were featured in The Denver Post about how AW2 support Soldiers and Veterans. Vycital, also featured in the Fort Collins Coloradoan, shared a box with the first lady at the State of the Union Address.

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AW2 Weekly Digest 1/11-1/15

  • AW2 Soldier CPT Sam Brown and his wife are featured in an Army News article about his life altering injury turning into a unique war love story.
  • AW2 Soldier SFC Joshua Ferguson and AW2 Veteran Ramon Padilla, featured in Mount Vernon Gazette, worked on their golf game at Mount Vernon’s practice range.
  • AW2 Soldier CPT Ray O’Donnell, featured in the Honolulu Advertiser, took command of about 290 Soldiers that make up Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) which provides support for the Stryker Brigade’s battalions.
  • AW2 Veteran Ed Pulido, featured in DoD News, gave his insight on suicide prevention at the 2010 Defense Department/Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Conference.
  • AW2 Veteran Mike Sanchez was featured in a Fayetteville Observer article about amputees participating in clinical trials as a way to help fellow Soldiers.

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AW2 Weekly Digest 12/21-1/1

  • AW2 Soldier SPC Derrick Ford and his Family, featured in an Associated Press article, are finding the atmosphere and camaraderie of Fisher House to be a source of support.
  • AW2 Veterans Ireshekia Henry and Tara Hutchinson, featured in The Denver Post and Aspen Daily News, were among seven wounded warriors skiing in a women-only instructional retreat for disabled veterans last week at Snowmass.
  • AW2 Soldier LTC Marc Hoffmeister, featured in The News Tribune, organized a team of six people, including himself, his wife, AW2 Veteran Matt Nyman, and AW2 Soldier SPC David Shebib to climb Mount McKinley this past summer. National Geographic Adventure magazine named Hoffmeister among its 16 Adventurers of the Year.
  • AW2 Soldier LTC Timothy Karcher, featured on ABC News, spoke about not giving up and getting new legs so he can help others who have lost limbs.
  • AW2 Spouse Brandy Lockley, featured on KKTV, wrote a letter and nominated her Colorado Hero—her husband AW2 Veteran Quitman Lockley.
  • AW2 Soldier MAJ AJ Tong, featured in The Washington Times, spoke about the assistance he and others have received from the Fisher House.
  • AW2 Soldier SPC Andrew Trotto and his wife, featured in The Square Deal, received Colorado Technical University scholarships with the help of AW2 Advocates Susan Holmes and Marlo Walker.

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AW2 Weekly Digest 12/14-12/18

  • AW2 Veteran Daniel Bivens, featured in the Yuma Sun, is not letting a traumatic brain injury keep him from doing his civilian job.
  • AW2 Veteran Maurice Craft and his Family, featured in The Fayetteville Observer, received a specially adapted home built by volunteers and Homes for Our Troops.
  • AW2 Soldier SSG Michael Downing and his Family, featured in The Boston Herald, received a specially adapted home built by volunteers and Homes for Our Troops.
  • AW2 Veterans Matt Houston and Joe Jenkins, featured on the Scott Air Force Base Web site, participated in a morale-building deer hunt in Illinois.
  • Melvin R. Kearney II, an AW2 Advocate who served two tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, was featured on AnnArbor.com for being the key note speaker at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in honor of Veterans Day.
  • AW2 spouse Annette McLeod and her husband AW2 Veteran Dell McLeod are featured in The Washington Post almost three years after the series of articles on Walter Reed, and she says that she is satisfied overall with the care her husband is now receiving.
  • AW2 Advocate Eric Mitchell was featured in The Gazette in an article about Soldiers and spouses receiving scholarships from Colorado Technical University.
  • AW2 father Craig Remsburg, featured in the St. Petersburg Times, was in awe of how the Tampa community honored his son, AW2 Soldier SSG Cory Remsburg, at Operation Helping Hand’s monthly dinner at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center’s Spinal Cord Injury Center.
  • AW2 Soldier CPT D.J. Skelton, featured in The Square Deal, was honored for his extraordinary contributions to the nation’s security and overcoming his wounds to devote himself to showing others how to overcome theirs.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Luis Rosa-Valentin and his Family, featured in The Washington Times, received a specially adapted home built by volunteers and Homes for Our Troops.

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AW2 Weekly Digest 12/7-12/11

  • AW2 Veteran Joe Bowser, featured in the Old Town Crier, went on a trip—to military bases and hospitals in Iraq and Germany—that provided him a sense of closure.
  • AW2 Advocates Timothy Brice, Madigan Army Medical Center, WA; Sue Maloney, Seattle, WA; and Kima Tozay, Fort Lewis, WA; were featured on the Army One Source Page in an article about Heroes to Hometowns.
  • AW2 Soldier SSG Alfredo De Los Santos, featured in Army News, tested a new microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
  • AW2 Soldier and Veterans LTC Greg Gadson, Nathan Hunt, and Mike McNaughton—as well as BG Gary Cheek, Commander, Warrior Transition Command—were featured in The Leader for their participation in the Ride 2 Recovery Florida Challenge.
  • AW2 Veteran Brian Pearce, featured in the Richmond Post Dispatch, is participating in the West Point Society of Richmond’s Wounded Warrior Mentorship Program.
  • AW2 Veteran Peter John Rooney III was featured in Daily Hampshire Gazette article about his injury, rehabilitation, Family and community support, and recovery.

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AW2 Weekly Digest 11/23-12/4

  • AW2 Family, the Allens, were featured in an AW2 press release about the service dog they received from Puppies Behind Bars and the AW2 Community Support Network.
  • AW2 Soldier SFC Chris Blaxton was featured in the East Lansing Journal in an article about his injury, recovery, and focusing on Family, friends, and the future.
  • AW2 Veteran Bryan Anderson, featured on the Military Health System Web site, offered a message of perseverance and courage at a recent event held in McLean, Va.
  • AW2 Soldier 1LT Dan Berschinski, featured in The Seattle Times, returned to West Point with a strong desire to hear his commander in chief give a long awaited policy speech that outlines the way forward in Afghanistan.
  • AW2 Soldier 1LT Brian Brennan, SPC Ryan Price, and their Families were featured in an Ashbury Park Press article about The Brennan Stands Alone Foundation—which has grown into a vehicle to aid other military Families.
  • BG Gary Cheek, commander of the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command, and AW2 Soldier MAJ L. Tammy Duckworth, Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, discussed a number of programs in which the two departments collaborate to help wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers on the Pentagon Channel’s “This Week in the Pentagon” on December 4.
  • AW2 Soldier LTC Greg Gadson, featured in The Times-Leader and Citizen Voice, spoke to students at Wilkes University about leading a productive and inspirational life.
  • AW2 Soldier WO1 Johnathan Holsey was featured in Ebony Magazine’s “Power 150” people profiles for being the first amputee to attend warrant officer school and inspiring other enlisted amputees (December 2009/January 2010 issue, page 110).
  • AW2 Soldier SFC Matthew Lamb was featured in a blog for the Oregon National Guard about AW2 holding a muster for injured Soldiers at Kliever Memorial Armory in Portland, OR. Soldiers participated in a day of “hands-on” training hosted by Oregon Disability Sports.
  • AW2 Veteran, Michael McNaughton, who works for Louisiana Veterans Affairs, was featured on “Fox and Friends” discussing his involvement in the Impact a Hero Foundation and their fundraiser for a Christmas party at Walter Reed.
  • AW2 Veteran Howard Mann and his wife were featured in The Fayetteville Observer in an article about his injury, recovery, and pushing the boundaries—thanks to Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion.
  • AW2 Veteran Chase Matthews and his Family, featured in The Paducah Sun, received a specially adapted house built by his community and Homes for Our Troops.
  • AW2 Soldier SFC Ed O’Neil, featured in The Oklahoman, embraces new mission of being part of the U.S. Paralympic sitting volleyball team.
  • AW2 Soldier SPC Adam Paul, featured in The Coloradoan, is rebuilding memory and life with the help of a Fort Collins learning center.
  • AW2 Veteran, Joshua Revak, was featured on the YouTube Web site in an interview and singing on “The Huckabee Show” on Fox News.
  • AW2 Veteran Kyle Salisbury, featured in The Bellingham Herald, discussed the challenge of coming back to civilian life and the help he received from AW2 and his AW2 Advocate Sue Maloney.
  • AW2 Veteran Alvin Shell was featured on the Saluting American Valor Web site in an article about his long recovery, perseverance, and courage.
  • AW2 Soldier CPT D.J. Skelton, featured in DefenseLINK, was honored by the Business Executives for National Service for his work to improve conditions for other wounded servicemembers.
  • AW2 Veteran Erik Stewart, featured on DefenseLINK, looks forward to a rewarding career as an Army civilian advising other warriors in transition not to rush the process.
  • AW2 Veterans Melissa Stockwell and Luke Wilson were featured in The Oregonian in an article about disabled Oregon Veterans being offered a free trip to the 2010 Paralympic Games in March.
  • AW2 Veteran Shane Ugliono, featured in the Salmon Press, participated in a weekend of holiday cheer in Park City, UT, courtesy of Christmas Can Cure.

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AW2 Weekly Digest 11/16-11/23

Weekly digest of previous week’s stories on AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, Families, and staff.

  • AW2 Veteran and Advocate Clay Rankin was featured in The Standard-Times in an article about his injury and being an AW2 Advocate.
  • AW2 mother Sheila Shaffer discussed how people have the wrong assumptions when her son, Adam Shaffer, and other wounded warriors legally and justifiably park in handicapped parking spots in The Arizona Republic Blog.

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AW2 Weekly Digest 10/26-10/30

  • AW2 Veteran and Speakers Bureau participant Joe Beimfohr was featured in DefenseLINK in an article about the new Wounded Warrior Diaries video entry, Failure is Not an Option.’
  • AW2 Veterans Craig Chavez and Luke Wilson, featured in East Oregonian, returned to Iraq to spend seven days exploring the country as part of Operation Proper Exit.
  • AW2 Veterans Kortney Clemons, Melissa Stockwell, and Scott Winkler, featured on the Austin Film Festival Web site, were featured in “Warrior Champions” a documentary about their emotional and inspiring story as these Soldier athletes competed for their spot on the U.S. Paralympic team.
  • AW2 Soldier SSG Dwayne Cole, featured on the Homes for Our Troops Web site, will receive a specially adapted house from Homes for Our Troops.
  • AW2 Soldier and VA Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs MAJ L. Tammy Duckworth, featured in DoD News, discussed a new perspective that has enabled the leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the level and accessibility of care it provides to servicemembers.
  • AW2 Soldier 1LT Joseph Guyton, featured on WTOP, DC, received a segway—along with 28 other wounded warriors—from Segs 4 Vets at a ceremony at the Iwo Jima Memorial.
  • AW2 Soldier SFC Roy Mitchell and his Family, featured in The Gouvernor Times, are receiving a home built by the community.
  • AW2 Veteran and Advocate Clay Rankin and his service dog Archie were featured in The Charleston Gazette (WV) and Pet People’s Place and Hapou Web sites in articles about Archie winning Dog of the Year.
  • AW2 Veteran Anthony Odierno, featured in DoD News, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the first game of the World Series at Yankee Stadium, NY.
  • AW2 Soldier SPC Kenneth Slade, featured in The Washington Post, saw the First Lady at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx for Major League Baseball’s new Welcome Back Veterans campaign.
  • AW2 Soldier MAJ A.J. Tong was featured in The Olympian (Tacoma) and The News Tribune about his injury, recovery, and the evolving technology of prostheses.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Jason Worsdale, featured in Daily Sentinel (Nacogdoches), took part in Stephen F. Austin State University’s homecoming festivities.
  • AW2 Veteran Rick Yarosh, featured in The Washington Post, visited the National Portrait Gallery where there is a painting of him.

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