Quality of Life Foundation

Resolving Unmet Needs

A caregiver reached out to us for resources to purchase a split adjustable bed for her veteran and herself. She provides care for her husband, a wounded Army veteran who has significant injuries after multiple deployments.  After understanding what the needs of the family were, our QoLF FSC teamed with Operation First Response and received a …

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Holiday Blessing 2019

This holiday season we are extending our annual Holiday Blessing to the children of families currently enrolled in our Wounded Veteran Family Care Program. Our goal is to relieve a bit of the stress that can come during the holiday season. Thanks to our generous donors, TD Foundation and Azalea Charities, we will send our caregiver …

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Back Yard Improvements

We recently had the pleasure of working with a caregiver providing full-time care for her husband, a wounded Navy veteran who went through multiple deployments during the 12 years he served. The family of five has 2 large dogs, one of whom is the veteran’s service dog. Because the family’s backyard fence needed to be repaired, they could not …

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New Maternity Clothes

A young family which includes the veteran Marine, his wife/caregiver, and 2 young daughters are now in the midst of expecting a baby brother or sister! The family is very excited at the prospect of this new family member; however, financial circumstances which were not the fault of the family have prevented the new mom …

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Thankful

There are many organizations out there that help veterans, but not nearly as many that help those caring for our veterans.

The Most Precious Gift

A sweater for Aunt Elle, a red fire truck for Little Jimmy, and a new Barbie doll for Ari, the list goes on and on. And on that day there will be smiles and fleeting jubilation! Yes, you may catch Aunt Elle in her newest fashion – or not. Jimmy may spend countless hours on …

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500 Caregivers Served

QoLF FSCs: James, Sharon, Andrea, Angie, and Carmen Our mission is to support Caregivers that tirelessly give of themselves to support and aid their veterans and their families. With little time or attention devoted to their own well-being, these Caregivers push through to ensure the sustainability of their families through every challenge that arises. We …

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Grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation

We are proud to announce that Quality of Life Foundation has received a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to support our Wounded Veteran Family Care Program in providing assistance to family caregivers of wounded, ill, or injured veterans with service connected disabilities. BWF leverages its expertise and collaborative network to find, fund and …

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Partnership Changes Lives

This family of 5 includes the veteran, his spouse and caregiver, and 3 minor children. The veteran served in the Army NG and deployed to Afghanistan. The veteran primarily has invisible wounds and requires daily caregiver support from his spouse. The caregivers’ elderly parents had to move. In support of their elders, the family incurred …

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Time to Run

I joined the Marines in 1996 as a testament to how much I hated college. I was first diagnosed with cancer from chemical exposure in my tear duct in 2006 but was able to remain on active duty through three occurrences. The side effects of treatment culminated in my early retirement in 2013. Last year …

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Playtime is Funtime

  Generally, when you think about oral health, you presume the care recipient is an adult, surprisingly this is not always the case. We worked with a caregiver and mom of three whose husband, after multiple deployments where he experienced injuries from IED blasts, returned home with severe invisible wounds along with his physical injuries. …

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Smiling Again

  “This is a picture I took right after I walked out of the dentist office with my new upper partial! Thank you so much for making this dream come true for me! It is something I have wanted for about ten years and never really knew if it would happen! I just want to …

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Good Tears

Children of the caregiver and wounded veteran enjoy new fishing supplies. “Everything that you’re doing is absolutely amazing and it is so greatly appreciated. You have no idea how much this means to us. I cried good tears today for the first time in a very long time.” The Quality of Life Foundation is honored …

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What We Do

“Sometimes no matter how well you prepare yourself, life decides to throw a few extra lemons your way. It was one after another, unexpected hurricane expenses, bills piling up, we couldn’t keep up. I expressed my concern…and in just a few emails things were taken care of. The bills we worried about were paid, expenses …

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A Caregiver's Smile

    “How much more can we bear? Even More! I would do it again.. and again”   The family of an Air National Guardsman came to the Wounded Veteran Family Care Program facing challenges as a result of the veteran’s debilitating illness from his burn pit exposure in Iraq in 2005. The family was …

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10 Year Anniversary

      “Not Just For A Moment, But For A Lifetime” “When it Rains, It Does Not Always Have to Pour” “Doing It Alone, With A Little Help”   All of these are stories of real life caregivers that the Quality of Life Foundation, through the Wounded Veteran Family Care Program, has been able …

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ThunderCat Technology Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Wounded Veteran Families

    We are excited to announce that ThunderCat Technology has named Wounded Veteran Families as the beneficiary of the First Annual ThunderCat Charity Golf Tournament.   We invite you to join us as we “Swing for Support” on Monday, April 30th at River Creek Country Club in Leesburg, VA in support of Wounded Veteran Families. …

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For A Lifetime

Impact for the Long-Term   At the Quality of Life Foundation, we provide support and services to help caregivers, veterans, and their family members improve their quality of life; this is the essence of our service model.  While improving the quality of life for our clients in their community, we strive to let them know …

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Doing It Alone, With a Little Help

      Our military caregivers and their families are independent.  After enduring multiple deployments, military families are accustomed to getting things done on their own. They have mastered the art of navigating difficult situations, and there are few challenges that they are not able to overcome. For many, our caregivers are facing their challenges …

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Giving Life

Oftentimes, organizations work to meet the basic needs of the Caregiver; the necessities of life. But what happens when the necessities, as defined by the Caregiver, do not align with the traditional perception of a need i.e. food, housing or respite? How many organizations truly interpret the identified “desires” of a Caregiver, as perhaps, a …

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The Simple Things

As we scurried about the holidays looking for the perfect gifts for our loved ones and families, caught in the euphoria of the moment and the anticipation of the smiling faces opening that special present, it was easy to forget the simple things that make life worthwhile: ease of movement throughout ones’ home, helping our …

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Quality Family Time

From the Caregiver: “Dear Angie, I hope my email finds you well today! I would like to thank you and the Qolfoundation for our golf clubs. They arrived on Monday and by Wednesday we were on the golf course soon as my son got back from School. It was such a beautiful moment for my …

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Home Sweet Home

From the Caregiver: “I cannot use enough words to tell you how thankful (we) are for your help with our lawn/flower bed project. We would never have been able to do this on our own. It brings me so much joy to look out my front door now. I keep opening the front door to …

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DRT Brings Game-Changing Technology to QoLF

DRT’s Technology Transformation team modernizes Wounded Veteran Family Care Program with newest, cloud-based approach to data management, data analytics and data visualization. (reprint of original article at http://www.drtstrategies.com/qolf?journal=109) DRT Strategies, Inc. (DRT) (www.drtstrategies.com), a leading management and technology solutions firm, announced today that the company’s Technology Transformation team designed, built and implemented its enterprise business …

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A Thousand Words

Our caregivers hustle between chores, caregiving, nurturing, and life. Oftentimes, without a moment to spare or a minute to pause. The ability to enjoy a sunset, a flower, or a pretty picture will often elude a caregiver as they rush to the next task or next emergency at hand. To be able to capture a …

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Taking It For Granted

As we go through our days on our cellphones, IPAD’s, and our other personal electronic devices, that facilitate access, ease paperwork, and make rapid response a given, it is easy to forget, or not even have a notion, that many people do not have these simple devices to make their lives easier. In some households, there …

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When It Rains

  It Does Not Always Have To Pour Our caregivers are often beset with challenges, many out of their control, some acts of God. What do caregivers do when challenges are out of their control and it seems there is no way out? They call on Quality of Life to find their rainbows. This caregiver’s …

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A Much-Needed Break

      When tragedy strikes, our caregivers find themselves thrust into unexpected and unknown situations. These situations may be short-term but could become a new way of life. One thing is for certain, the new circumstances create stressors that are incredibly difficult to handle. The stressors can be so tremendous that at times the …

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QoLF Advocates for Caregivers

If our FSC had not advocated for this caregiver, she might still be trying to reach someone to accomplish the home modifications her wounded veteran needed.   This family of four includes the veteran, his spouse and caregiver, and their two daughters.  While serving in the Army Reserves throughout multiple deployments, the veteran stepped on …

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A Road Less Traveled

Caregiving is a journey of at least two people— the caregiver and the care receiver. It’s not a race to the finish. There are detours, diversions, and sometimes roadblocks. Sometimes your journey is a straight, flat four lane highway with light traffic and sunny skies; other times your journey is a winding one lane mountain …

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Once the Uniform is Hung Up

A Reminder from a Caregiver Please do not forget. As these wars have carried on now for over a decade, the toll from these wars will continue on for a lifetime. Every veteran is different and their level of ability to function will vary. Demand these veterans get the care they so desperately need and …

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Month of the Military Caregiver

May – is the month of the Military Caregiver. It is incumbent upon all of us to remember these invisible heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support our wounded, ill, and injured veterans, their families, and their communities. Oftentimes, it is the Caregiver who ensures that a veteran gets out of bed, gets …

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The Patriots Initiative Accredits QoLF

After careful evaluation by The Patriots Initiative, Quality of Life Foundation is proud to announce that we have been determined to be one of finest nonprofits in the nation supporting America’s armed forces service members, veterans and their families. The Patriots Initiative is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading evaluators of nonprofits serving the nation’s …

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New Partnership-Same Impact

The DAV Charitable Service Trust (CST) recognizes the life altering impacts of multiple deployments on the veteran and their family. The CST is committed to supporting organizations and programs that provide direct service to ill, injured, or wounded veterans, of all wars and all eras, and their caregivers to support their physical and psychological rehabilitation—organizations …

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Green Pastures

For some, there is no better life than a farm life. For this caregiver family, farm life was perfect; perfect until their veteran was injured during several deployments to Iraq. After returning home with injuries, some of the chores were not as easy as they once were; the family needed better equipment to accomplish the same chores. Quality of Life …

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A Place to Call Home

Imagine being far away from family and in the blink of an eye, having your life dramatically changed. This family came to the Quality of Life in need of support to help with repairs to make their house “a place to call home”. The gift of land prompted this family to move to another state. However, …

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Making a Difference

Dear Quality of Life Foundation & Azalea Charities, I would like to personally thank you for your Holiday Blessing gift cards to our children. As a dual disabled veteran family, it is extremely difficult to allocate our precious income on gifts during the holiday season. But because of your selfless act, we are able to …

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Holiday Blessing

Join us as we look to have the sky covered in snowflakes of services! Our families come to us with a particular set of challenges. However, at this time of year, we recognize that it will not be long before the holidays will be upon them and many of their minds will race with ways …

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