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  • Month of the Military Caregiver: Hidden Heroes

    May is recognized as the Department of Defense’s Month of the Military Caregiver. This time is used to honor, commend and show appreciation for those that care for wounded, ill and injured service members. The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, known as AFW2, has a Caregiver Support and Family Program to assist caretakers in multiple ways,
  • Fighting the demons: A 'typical' Defender's story

    If there is a “typical” security forces Airman, retired Master Sgt. Dwayne Pyle says he was it. He loved his job and felt he was good at it, even though he did get into a little trouble during his first assignment in Germany.
  • Tech. Sgt. Courtney Richardson: “From one Airman to another, ask for help and never give up”

    The old saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words. Since 2004, Tech. Sgt. Courtney Richardson has been telling the Air Force story through pictures as a public affairs photojournalist.“Serving as a photographer has been a great job; I would not trade it for any other job in the Air Force,” said Richardson. “A lot of people think that our
  • A peek behind the curtain: The first step of PTSD care

    Perhaps the most difficult part of seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder is making that first appointment, since Airmen are often unsure of what to expect.
  • Service dog rescues veteran from despair of PTSD (Part 2)

    Service dog Romeo guides Air Force veteran Ryan Kaono through days of living with PTSD. The dog's training makes it possible for Kaono to battle through extreme anxiety and night terrors caused by enemy attacks while deployed to Khobar Towers, Saudi Arabia; and Balad Air Base, Iraq.
  • Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; a veteran's story (Part 1)

    For decades, Air Force veteran Ryan Kaono battled through anxiety and night terrors alone. During his second suicide attempt in 2010, something in him caused him to reach out for help which ultimately resulted in a formal diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This veteran and his family are now living with PTSD instead of being consumed by the darkness that the disorder brings.
  • PTSD treatment confronts the trauma behind the disorder

    Post-traumatic stress disorder is considered one of the “signature wounds” of the current conflicts in the Middle East. But many people may not know that there are highly effective treatments being deployed for this invisible wound at Air Force hospitals and clinics today. It’s normal to feel stressed and anxious after a traumatic event. For
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