AW2 Weekly Digest 07/13-07/17

  • AW2 mother Rosalinda Babin and her son, AW2 Veteran Alan Babin Jr., featured in the Dallas Morning News, attended a Heroes on the Water event, where wheelchairs were abandoned in favor of kayaks.
  • AW2 Veteran Tim Bomke, featured in the NBC Nightly News, took up golf at the unique American Lakes Veterans Course that helps wounded Veterans get back into the game in Lakewood, WA.
  • AW2 Veterans Josh Cope, Joseph “Catlin” Mixson, and Jon Pruden, featured in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, met with other Soldiers on a fishing trip who have suffered similar ordeals.
  • AW2 Veterans Nathan Dehnke, John Gelineau, and Rob Laurent featured in the Fort Leavenworth Lamp, were sworn in as Army civilians during orientation for the second group of participants in the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) Education Initiative pilot program July 13 at the Army Education Center.
  • AW2 Veteran Bryan Florence was featured in the Courier Journal, Louisville in an article about adjusting to new life after losing a part of his leg in Iraq.
  • AW2 Soldier LTC Greg Gadson is featured in an article about his injury, recovery, and his involvement with the New York Giants in HomeLife Magazine, July 2009 issue (subscription required).
  • AW2 Family, the Hardins, were featured in Philadelphia Inquirer article about making the most of their “alive day”—the day they were wounded, the moment they got a second chance to live.
  • AW2 Soldiers SPC David “Alex” Knapp and SPC Bryan Wagner featured in The Washington Post, participated in a wheelchair basketball clinic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for wounded veterans held by coaches and players from Edinboro University.
  • AW2 Soldier SPC Alex Knapp was also featured in a video at the United Press International Web site talking about his injury and recovery at Walter Reed.
  • AW2 Veteran Brendan Marrocco, featured in the Staten Island Advance, participated in the Wounded Warriors Project visit to Rescue Co. and a weekend of water skiing, fishing, and scuba diving.
  • AW2 Veteran Jude Recendez, featured in Queens Chronicle, took his first trip to New York City for a weekend of fishing, sailing, kayaking, scuba diving and water skiing at the Rockaway Point Yacht Club in Breezy Point.
  • AW2 Veteran Charles “Chas” Shaffer, featured on KTVI-TV, St Louis, received a Segway and has mastered the art of balancing on one good leg and one prosthetic leg.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Garry Thompson, featured on the Army Web site, has been waiting on the day and the opportunity to welcome his comrades home after their 15-month deployment to Afghanistan.

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AW2 Weekly News Digest for 06/22-06/26

  • AW2 Soldier LTC Greg Gadson is featured on KGBM-TV (Honolulu) in a story about starting over and inspiring others.
  • AW2 Soldiers retired SSG Bradley K. Gruetzner and SGT Marco A. Robledo were featured in an Army News Service article about putting their uniforms back on and returning to Iraq with other amputee combat veterans as part of “Operation Proper Exit.”
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Alan Hill was featured by CNN in a story about service dogs.
  • AW2 Soldier David Luckett is featured in PRNewswire (HISPANIC PR WIRE) in an article about opening a restaurant under the Little Caesars Veterans Program.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Ryan Major is featured in a Baltimore Sun article about receiving a specially adapted SUV.
  • AW2 Soldier CPL John McCart is featured in the Augusta Chronicle about a prosthetic hand giving him a new grip on life.
  • AW2 Soldiers retired SFC Matthew Nyman and SPC Dave Shebib are featured in a DefenseLINK article about climbing Mount McKinley in Alaska.
  • AW2 Soldier Scott Winkler, featured in The Signal, is a member of the organization Champions Made From Adversity and works with members of Fort Gordon’s Warrior Transition Battalion.

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AW2 Weekly News Digest for 06/15-06/19

  • AW2 Soldier Greg Amira, featured in the Miami Herald, is attending the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at Florida State University. His goal is to start a franchise pizza restaurant.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT David Battle was on FOX Atlanta in a story about military veterans renovating his home before his official homecoming.
  • AW2 Soldier Erik Castillo is featured in The Arizona Daily Star in a story about losing half his skull and experiencing medical and personal setbacks but not losing his determination.
  • AW2 Soldier LTC Danny Dudek, featured in The News Tribune, recently took command of the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Lewis, about 600 Soldiers with long-term or complex medical issues, which is one of 39 such units across the military.
  • AW2 Soldier retired CPT Wes Fine, currently participating in the Army Wounded Warrior Education Initiative, was featured in an article in the Fort Leavenworth Lamp about being awarded a Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
  • AW2 Soldier WO1 Johnathan Holsey, featured on the official U.S. Army Web site, is the first wounded warrior and amputee to complete Army warrant officer school.
  • AW2 Soldier Chief Warrant Officer Ari Jean-Baptiste, currently participating in the Army Wounded Warrior Education Initiative, was featured in an article in the Fort Leavenworth Lamp about being awarded an Air Medal, Air Medal with “V” Device, Army Commendation Medal and Combat Action Badge.
  • AW2 Soldiers Sergio Lopez and Danielle Green-Byrd, featured on WLS-TV Chicago, participated in the first midwest ‘Soldier Ride’.
  • AW2 Soldier PFC Andrew Parker was featured on WPTZ-TV Burlington, VT, in a story about the community renovating his house for his needs before his official homecoming.

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AW2 Weekly News Digest for 06/08-06/12

AW2 Soldiers Neal Cabanting, SSG Earl Granville, and SPC Christopher Miller, featured on CBS 4 News, participated in a four-day “No Barriers Festival” which included classes in scuba diving and sailing in Miami, FL.

AW2 Soldiers Jason Gladney and CPT Tim Hornik, featured on the Army Web site, are participants in the AW2 Education Initiative where wounded Soldiers, on active duty or medically retired, are pursuing their master’s degrees at no cost from the University of Kansas.

AW2 Soldier Jason Letterman, featured in Washington Times, participated in the Army vs. Marines Spring Bass Challenge with more than 70 wounded Soldiers and Marines who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

AW2 Soldier SPC Charles Wood, featured in The Baltimore Sun, was invited to watch the Ravens practice in Owings Mills.

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AW2 Weekly News Digest 05/26-05/29

  • AW2 Soldier Robert Bartlett, featured in The Baltimore Sun, agreed to talk about his experiences to deepen the public’s understanding of what troops face in the war zone, and to share his pride of service.
  • AW2 Soldier Michael Beck, featured in the Rocky Mountain Telegram, faces a new life as a double-amputee.
  • AW2 Soldier MAJ Tammy Duckworth, featured on KHLN-TV (Honolulu), shared her vision for veterans.  She was also featured in the Honolulu Advertiser with AW2 Soldier Derick Hurt when she took her oath of office at Walter Reed.
  • AW2 Soldier Derick Hurt was featured on MASN Sports in an article about the Nationals visiting the heroes at Walter Reed.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT John Hoxie, featured on Army.mil, was awarded the Bronze Star by his brigade commander in front of his unit and took part in the 82nd Airborne Division’s annual All American Week celebration.
  • AW2 Family, Mike and Kim McNaughton, are featured in Road to Recovery’s “Profiles in Courage.”
  • AW2 Soldier Abraham Odisho was featured in the Merced Sun-Star in an article about his treatment at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
  • AW2 Soldier Marvin Potts was featured in an Air Force Times article about CSM Jesse Andrews visiting and honoring veterans at Carl Vinson VA Medical Center.

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AW2 Weekly News Digest for 05/18-05/22

  • AW2 Soldiers SSG Dale Beatty and SPC Keith Maul, featured in Stars and Stripes, were among wounded warriors who received Segways during a ceremony at the Iwo Jima Memorial.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT John Botts, featured on Worldgolf.com and the Golf Channel’s “The Golf Fix,” continues playing the game he loves despite the loss of a limb.
  • AW2 Soldier Dillon Cannon is featured in an USA Today article about spinal cord injury, the Shepherd Center, and the SHARE Initiative, which benefits the 100 war veterans who have come to Shepherd since January 2008.
  • AW2 Soldiers MAJ Joe Claburn, SGT Joel Dulashanti, and SGT Shane Heath, featured on ABC News, took a trip to St. John with other wounded Soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center with a nonprofit organization called Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba, or SUDS, which teaches wounded veterans how to scuba dive.
  • AW2 Soldier MAJ L. Tammy Duckworth, featured in DefenseLINK, was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.
  • AW2 Soldier Michael Fradera, featured on ESPN, lost both his legs in Iraq but is staying motivated through the Wounded Warrior Project.
  • AW2 Family, CPT Patrick Horan and his wife Patty, are featured in a Web Newswire article about a new Family camp for veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • AW2 Soldier SGT John Hoxie, featured in DefenseLINK, was reunited with the 82nd Airborne Division during the kick off its annual All American Week celebration.
  • AW2 Soldier CPL Christopher Levi, featured in NY Newsday, arrived at his Holbrook home via a parade after he learned to walk again on prosthetic limbs.
  • AW2 Family, Wendell McLeod and his wife Annette, are featured in a The Link Paper article about a new Web site that helps friends and Families of veterans with the uncertainty of re-adjustment.
  • AW2 Soldier Roy Mitchell, featured on News 10 Now, has been able to help test some of the new products for amputees, including “a computer knee.”

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