AW2 Weekly News Digest for 05/10-05/17

As part of a new weekly feature, the AW2 Blog will be posting a weekly digest of all of the previous week’s stories on AW2 Soldiers, Families, and Staff. This new feature will appear on the AW2 Blog every Friday or Monday depending on the number of stories relating to the AW2 program — so be sure to check out the AW2 blog every week for a round-up of all things AW2! If you know of an AW2 story that we missed, please add it to the comments of this post.

Here are the AW2 stories from last week:

  • AW2 Soldier LT Brian Brennan was featured on the CBS Evening News in a story about his injury, miraculous recovery, and recently being introduced by GEN David Petraeus as “the unsung hero of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.”
  • AW2 Soldier CPT Mark Brogan and SGT Ted Wade were featured in a Military Times article about the need for Federal Recovery Coordinators.
  • AW2 Soldiers Gates Brown and David Holden were featured in WDAF-TV (Kansas City) story about the Army Wounded Warrior Education Initiative, an opportunity to go to graduate school and teach the Soldiers heading into the fight.
  • AW2 Soldiers LTC Gregory Gadson and Raymond Rivas, and his spouse, testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing on the implementation of wounded warrior policies and programs, and they were featured on the SASC Web site.
  • AW2 Soldier SSG Gabriel Garcia, featured in the Yuma Sun about his road to recovery, thinks he may stay in the Army, travel, and help out other wounded Soldiers who are in the same situation.
  • AW2 Soldiers Dawn Halfaker and Norberto Lara were featured in the Sacramento Bee and the Charlotte News Observer articles about their injuries and life as they approach their Alive Day, June 18, 2004 – the day they didn’t die.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Allen Hill and his spouse were featured on Oprah and in a KMDC-TV (Kansas City) article about his service dog helping him deal with PTSD.
  • AW2 Soldier Ari Jean-Baptiste was featured in a Lawrence Journal-World story about his road-to-recovery and being a student in the Army Wounded Warrior Education Initiative.
  • AW2 Soldier Lee Jones and his Family were featured in a VA Research Currents article about his severe burns, road to recovery, and a VA and DoD study that is intended to help burn survivors.
  • AW2 Soldiers Chris Leverkuhn and SSG Rico Roman, featured in The Republican, plays sled hockey as part of the San Antonio Rampage, a team made up of Soldiers back from Iraq putting their lives together after injury.
  • AW2 Soldier Vincent Mannion was featured in the Cape Cod Times in an article about his traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the incredible strides he has made.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Patrick Marziale, featured in a Washington Post article, was awarded a Purple Heart in a ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
  • AW2 Soldier Evan Mettie and his Family were featured in a Yakima Herald-Republic article about their struggles with his severe brain injuries and his mother’s great effort to get the best care for him.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Darron Mikeworth were featured in an Associated Press article about his road to recovery—part medical marvel and part profile in courage—through rebuilding his confidence as doctors rebuild his face.
  • AW2 Soldier PVT Abraham Odisho featured in a McClatchy Newspapers article about his injury and fighting spirit—stating that “I am Assyrian by blood and American by choice.”
  • AW2 Soldier and Advocate, Clay Rankin, was featured on the NBC Nightly News in a story about service dogs helping veterans.
  • AW2 Soldier SGT Darryl Wallace, featured in WJBF-TV Augusta, received a brand new home built with his needs in mind by several Fort Gordon Soldiers who volunteered with “Homes For Our Troops.”
  • AW2 Soldier Donald Woodard was not expected to survive, his life has drastically changed, and he gained loads of character and emotional stamina and is determined to persevere according to a Buffalo News article.
  • AW2 Soldier Kara Wooten was featured in a PR Newswire article about traumatic brain injury (TBI) research at the VA.

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