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Offutt Air Force Base hosts Warrior CARE event

Posted at 10:47 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 23:47:49-04

About 100 service men and women from around the country who suffered life-changing wounds came to Offutt Air Force Base to learn about support programs and connecting with people who have similar experiences in the Air Force.

"We've had people tell us, 'this literally saved my life,'" Senior Master Sgt. Shawn Sprayberry said.

Warriors CARE is a healing program offering caregiver support like adaptive sports, mentoring, and empowerment transition to those who made sacrifices in the Air Force.

As a veteran, Sprayberry has seen this program turn lives around post-Air Force by helping veterans network through whatever piques their interest, like playing basketball.

"For certain individuals, this is that one time where they've gotten off the couch in months," Sprayberry said. "Maybe it's adaptive sports, maybe it's the art program, maybe it's music, but they find something that they can latch on to that may help them in their recovery."

Last year, the Wounded Warrior Project reported only about 33% of Warriors held a bachelors degree or higher. The Warriors CARE event trains some for life after their service through empowerment and transition.
     "[It's] basically taking some of the same things they learn in transition program for employment and kind of modifying it for Wounded Warriors," Sprayberry said.

Maybe you know a veteran who would enjoy the Warriors CARE event because the program knows they can't find everyone in need on their own.

The Warriors CARE event continues through Friday at Offutt Air Force Base.