The family of a wounded Airman remains grateful for their support

Retired Technical Sergeant Chris Ferrell joined the U.S. Air Force to serve his country after 9/11. His wife, Lauren, explains that the events of that day inspired Chris to want to save lives on the battlefield. And that’s what he did for over 13 years. His time serving meant everything to Chris, Lauren says, “and he is very proud of his time served and tours spent overseas.”

He would have served longer, but unfortunately TSgt Ferrell experienced two different combat-related injuries involving IED explosions in 2009 and 2010. His injuries include nerve damage, hearing loss in both ears and chronic PTSD.

TSgt Ferrell and Lauren have been working to find their “new normal,” she says, taking one day at a time. The transition back into civilian life has been difficult, especially because of the abruptness of the change. New challenges are a daily norm. Adding a new layer to those challenges, earlier this year, Lauren’s grandfather became sick. Knowing he didn’t have much time left, but not having the funds to cover an unplanned trip from Churchton, Maryland to Gulfport, Mississippi, Lauren turned to the Air Force Aid Society for emergency travel assistance.

AFAS came through for Lauren and the family, giving precious time with her grandfather. “Without a doubt, I would not have had time with him otherwise because he passed shortly after,” she states.

The kindness AFAS showed the Ferrells matches their USAF experience overall.  The Air Force family has treated the Ferrells so well, allowing them to make lifelong friends and have experiences that would otherwise have been impossible.

What does Lauren think all Airmen and their families should know about AFAS? AFAS is there when your family needs them, they’re dependable, and you can count on them.

Lauren thanks everyone who has helped them out over the past few years, and particularly the Society for being there when she needed help at such an important time in her life.

The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force and has been meeting the unique needs of Airmen and their families since 1942. AFAS works to support and enhance the USAF mission by providing emergency financial assistance, educational support, and community programs. Last year alone, AFAS provided nearly $15 million in direct support. Visit www.afas.org to learn more, apply for assistance or make a donation.