Sixteen Organizations Join AW2 Community Support Network

By Patty Sands, WTC Stratcom

Join me in welcoming the newest organizations in the AW2 Community Support Network. These organizations are part of the 236 AW2 Community Support Network organizations that help better the lives of AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families. Click on the links below to get to know them.

The AW2 Community Support Network was created based on direct requests from severely wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers, Veterans, and Families. Wounded Soldiers stated that connection with their local community and community leaders was essential for their success and reintegration. For more information, please visit the AW2 Community Support Network webpage.

Do you know of a caring organization that wants to assist wounded, injured, and ill Soldiers, Veterans and their Families? If so, please email the AW2 Community Support Network at the below email address. I welcome your recommendations and referrals.

Send organization referrals to AW2CommunitySupportNetwork@conus.army.mil

“Healing Waters” Showcases Fly-Fishing for Wounded

By Patricia Sands, WTC Stratcom

Editor’s Note: Project Healing Waters is a participant in the AW2 Community Support Network.

Project Healing Waters was founded in 2005 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), with the help of local Trout Unlimited (TU) and Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) volunteers. PHWFF provides basic fly-fishing, fly casting, and fly tying instruction for wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers and Veterans, ranging from beginners to those with prior fly-fishing experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities.

While initially focused on military personnel in the Washington, DC area, PHWFF expanded and now offers its services to active military personnel and Veterans in military and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the nation. Currently, PHWFF offers services in more than 70 locations in the US and Canada. Since its inception, PHWFF helps disabled active duty Soldiers and Veterans to overcome the obstacles associated with their military service-related disabilities. The relearning of the fine motor skills required in fly-fishing and fly tying proves to be particularly effective in the overall rehabilitation of the disabled.

While PHWFF emphasizes the skills of fly-fishing and fly tying to help the patients regain the use of their damaged bodies, perhaps the greatest benefit is in their realization that a more normal life is possible. Fly-fishing can be a lifelong recreation, both physically and emotionally. As one Soldier explained, “PHWFF helped in getting my head together during my recovery at Walter Reed. It was the perfect outlet for me while I was trying to adjust to my injuries and was a great help in broadening my horizons, giving me the hope and confidence that, no matter what my disabilities, I could still achieve and enjoy the activities of the outdoors and accomplish what I wanted to.“

To learn more about the organization, please visit the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc website. Additional information on nonprofit organizations may be found on the National Resource Directory website.

TGIT!—Thank Goodness it’s Thursday Meditation Hour

By Patricia Sands, WTC Stratcom

Editor’s Note: Warriors at Ease is a participant in the AW2 Community Support Network.

Thank Goodness it’s Thursday Meditation Hour is launching for Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) spouses and caregivers.

This teleconference meditation hour is a regularly scheduled event that assists spouses and caregivers to relieve stress and to find new coping skills. The teleconference call is scheduled for the last Thursday of every month and will be first held tomorrow, Thursday, May 26, at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Robin Carnes, founder of AW2 Community Support Network Member Warriors at Ease, will lead the meditation using iRest techniques. These easy-to-learn meditation techniques are taught by Carnes at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and have proven to be successful. For example, after using these techniques, her students report the ability to sleep more soundly, a decrease in pain, and a general increase in peace of mind in daily life.

If you are an AW2 spouse or caregiver who would benefit from stress reduction, please email the AW2 Community Support Network to reserve your spot for tomorrow’s call at AW2communitysupportnetwork@conus.army.mil.

 

Welcome to the AW2 Community Support Network

By Patty Sands, WTC Stratcom

Join me in welcoming the newest organizations in the AW2 Community Support Network. These organizations are part of the 223 AW2 Community Support Network organizations that help better the lives of AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families. Click on the links below to get to know them.

The AW2 Community Support Network was created based on direct requests from severely wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers, Veterans, and Families. Wounded Soldiers stated that connection with their local community and community leaders was essential for their success and reintegration. For more information, please visit the AW2 Community Support Network webpage.

Do you know of a caring organization that wants to assist wounded, injured, and ill Soldiers, Veterans and their Families? If so, please email the AW2 Community Support Network at the below email address. I welcome your recommendations and referrals.

Send organization referrals to AW2CommunitySupportNetwork@conus.army.mil

Welcome to the AW2 Community Support Network

By Patty Sands, WTC Stratcom

Join me in welcoming the newest organizations in the AW2 Community Support Network.  These organizations are part of the 192 AW2 Community Support Network organizations that help better the lives of our AW2’s and their Families. Click on the links below to get to know them. 

The AW2 Community Support Network was created based on direct requests from severely wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers, Veterans, and Families. Wounded Soldiers stated that connection with their local community and community leaders was essential for their success and reintegration.

Do you know of a caring organization that wants to assist wounded, injured, and ill Soldiers, Veterans and their Families?  If so, please email the AW2 Community Support Network at the below email address. I welcome your recommendations and referrals. 

Send organization referrals to AW2CommunitySupportNetwork@conus.army.mil

Strengthening the AW2 Community Support Network

By Patty Sands, WTC Stratcom

The AW2 Community Support Network has an ambitious goal for 2011. At this time, less than 200 registered organizations are in the Network.  As a new program, this is a great start. However, our goal is to increase this number to 300 organizations by the end of the year. Why do we need to expand?  Because the need for help is growing.

There are more than 8,000 AW2 Soldiers and Veterans that are recovering and integrating back into their communities. In each phase of their recovery, the needs change for both them and their Families. The free services and products provided by the AW2 Community Support Network organizations can and do make a positive difference in their lives and yours.

I ask that you recommend organizations that support AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and Families to us. You can also make a resolution to mention and forward the AW2 Community Support Network Web page  to these organizations.

Lastly, I’d like to welcome the newest organization in the AW2 Community Support Network: 

PoWER Center,  www.powervets.com

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at  AW2communitysupportnetwork@conus.army.mil or fax (703) 428-8358.

Help the AW2 Community Support Network Expand in 2011

By Patty Sands, WTC Stratcom

The AW2 Community Support Network has an ambitious goal for 2011. At this time, less than 200 registered organizations are in the Network.  As a new program, this is a great start. However, our goal is to increase this number to 300 organizations by the end of the year. Why do we need to expand?  Because the need for help is growing.

There are more than 8,000 AW2 Soldiers and Veterans that are recovering and integrating back into their communities. In each phase of their recovery, the needs change for both them and their Families. The free services and products provided by the AW2 Community Support Network organizations can and do make a positive difference in their lives and yours.

I ask that you recommend organizations that support AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and Families. You can also make it a New Year’s resolution to mention and forward the AW2 Community Support Network Web page to these organizations.

Lastly, I’d like to welcome the newest organization in the AW2 Community Support Network: 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at  AW2communitysupportnetwork@conus.army.mil or fax (703) 428-8358.

Welcome to the AW2 Community Support Network

By Patty Sands, WTC Stratcom

Join me in welcoming the newest organizations in the AW2 Community Support Network.  These organizations are part of the 194 AW2 Community Support Network organizations that help better the lives of our AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and Families.

  • Brain Injury Association of Florida, www.biaf.org
  • Raven Rock Mountain Complex, Deer Hunts for Wounded Warriors, (717) 878-2526

The AW2 Community Support Network was created based on direct requests from severely wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers, Veterans, and Families. Wounded Soldiers stated that connection with their local community and community leaders was essential for their success and reintegration.

Do you know of a caring organization that wants to assist wounded, injured, and ill Soldiers, Veterans and their Families?  If so, please email the AW2 Community Support Network at the below email address. I welcome your recommendations and referrals. 

Send organization referrals to AW2CommunitySupportNetwork@conus.army.mil

Serving You–The National Resource Directory

By Patty Sands, WTC Stratcom

What does the National Resource Directory and AW2 Community Support Network share? These two efforts both identify resources that help support AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families with their transitions, new normals, and lives.    

As a federal resource, the National Resource Directory identifies organizations at the national, state, and local level to serve the wounded, ill, and injured warrior population. By listing these organizations online, wounded warriors and their Families can quickly locate organizations that can serve them–even in their own backyards.  

Much like the AW2 Community Support Network, the National Resource Directory is determined to provide a diverse group of resources that span a variety of areas such as, career assistance, and health-related support. Together, the National Resource Directory and the AW2 Community Support Network can be a way to alleviate certain obstacles wounded warriors and their Families confront at home.

Please take a look at the National Resource Directory  website to get a better understanding of the kinds of resources that are available. In addition, please take a moment to suggest local organizations to the AW2 Community Support Network.  By doing so, you can help organizations continue their support of wounded warriors and their Families.

Please send suggestions to AW2CommunitySupportNetwork@conus.army.mil

Welcome to the AW2 Community Support Network

By Patty Sands, WTC Stratcom

Join me in welcoming the newest organizations in the AW2 Community Support Network.  These organizations are part of the 179 AW2 Community Support Network organizations that help better the lives of our AW2’s and their Families. Click on the links below to get to know them. 

The AW2 Community Support Network was created based on direct requests from severely wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers, Veterans, and Families. Wounded Soldiers stated that connection with their local community and community leaders was essential for their success and reintegration.

Do you know of a caring organization that wants to assist wounded, injured, and ill Soldiers, Veterans and their Families?  If so, please email the AW2 Community Support Network at the below email address. I welcome your recommendations and referrals. 

Send organization referrals to AW2CommunitySupportNetwork@conus.army.mil

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