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  • Finding healing through helping others

    Seeking care never slowed me down; it helped me through my toughest times.” Senior Master Sgt. Richard “Joe” Chwalik has been through a lifetime’s worth of setbacks; incidents that have left long-lasting emotional scars. Yet, he found his way through the darkness by asking for help when he needed it most. Like many, Chwalik witnessed a lot during his deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2009. However, an incident in October of that year left a lasting impact on him. Chwalik did not return to seek help due to fears of facing the medical evaluation board process. He numbed his pain with sleeping pills most weeks, and with alcohol over the weekends. His symptoms included flashbacks, bouts of anger and frustration, night sweats and terror leading to many sleepless nights. He constantly relived what he experienced while deployed to Afghanistan.
  • Wounded warriors participate at 2017 AFW2

    Col. David, 432nd Wing/432 Air Expeditionary Wing vice commander presents a medal to an Air Force Wounded Warrior Trials competitor after competing in the wheelchair basketball competition March 1, 2017, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Competitors participated in the basketball tournament until a third, second and first place team were awarded. The
  • Stronger through adversity: Airman rebounding after aneurysm

    Early on Dec. 9, 2015, Staff Sgt. Rasheed, a 7th Intelligence Squadron signals intelligence analyst, experienced a cerebral aneurysm. From what he can recall, and what he has been told, a neighbor found him unresponsive in his Maryland apartment while his dog ran loose outside, door wide open.
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