|Debby Giusti (R) with Nancy Carlisle (L),|
AW2 Advocate, Fort Benning, GA
The AW2 initiative started in 2004 as a way for the Army to help severely wounded, ill or injured soldiers. Local advocates work with the service members during their hospitalization, rehabilitation and convalescent and provide hands-on support throughout the soldier’s transition back to active duty or return to civilian life. Advocates walk the injured and their families through the maze of paperwork that often accompanies government programs and also provide career counseling and information on educational opportunities and resources available to the soldiers.
As an Army Mom, I know the concerns families have when a loved one on active duty is deployed. I continue to thank God that my son came home safely at the end of each of his four, war-zone assignments, and my heart breaks for all who have had a loved one injured while on active duty. I was encouraged to learn about the AW2 program and thought others would be interested in knowing about it as well.
|Cover: Fayette Woman, Jan 7, 2010|
Photo by Images by Rainy Photography Inc.
The more I read about the AW2 program, the more I wanted to write a story that involved wounded warriors and their advocates. Last year, when I was ready to create the next story in my Military Investigations series, I called Ann. She put me in contact with Nancy Carlisle, the AW2 Advocate at
. Fort Benning, Georgia Nancy invited me to visit her, and a few days
later, she graciously welcomed me to her office and answered the many questions
I had about her work as an advocate.
|AW2 Advocate Nancy Carlisle in her|
Fort Benning office.
THE SOLDIER’S SISTER
By Debby Giusti
WHO WILL PROTECT HER?
Someone wants Stephanie Upton dead. A warning to leave town is just the beginning. Fearing for her life, Stephanie turns to Special Agent Brody Goodman for help and protection. But can she trust him when he’s convinced her own brother is a prime suspect? Torn between her devotion to two men—an estranged brother whose trust she yearns to regain and an agent she may be falling for—Stephanie doesn’t know who or what to believe. As feelings between her and Brody escalate, she’ll have to choose sides to stay alive.
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