Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and CMSAF James Cody and their wives, Betty and Athena, also attended the opening ceremony. Welsh recognized the participants for the hard work they've undertaken and thanked the families and friends who supported the athletes throughout the process. Welsh also thanked AFA, which was a platinum sponsor of the event, for its support through the Wounded Airman Program.
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AFA was excited to be part of the action! AFA has partnered with the Air Force to help support more than 3,000 airmen who are seriously ill or injured. AFA helps where the DOD programs, TRICARE, and the VA fall short, providing direct financial assistance to wounded airmen and their caretakers. Our support isn’t limited to financial assistance as AFA chapters around the country have visited airmen in hospitals, volunteered at adaptive sporting events like the Warrior Games, provided equipment and adapted lifestyle items, and continue to look at ways to help wounded airmen and their families during transition.
Most importantly—our Wounded Airman Program is unique in that 100% of donations received by the program go directly toward supporting Airmen. The Wounded Airman Program is operated and administered by AFA at large, so all overhead and staff time is covered by AFA.
Learn more (or donate today) at www.afa.org/WAP!