Caregiver’s Corner

Thankful

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

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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Just Breathe

Where are you located? I am located in Albion, MI. Where did your veteran receive the majority of his/her medical treatment? The majority of my husband’s treatment has been post-service, here in Ann Arbor & Jackson VA hospital clinics. Which branch of service is your family affiliated with?. We were both enlisted in the U.S. …

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A New Lens on an Old Hobby

Dear Quality of Life Staff, Volunteers and Donors, I have been a caregiver to my husband who is an amputee, with many other residuals of his combat service including PTSD, TBI, and many other health issues over the last seven years. We have four daughters from ages 2-14 and live in NC. It wasn’t until …

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Finding Strength

  Where are you located? I am the mother, full-time caregiver and 14-year health care advocate for a 100% service-connected Navy veteran son. Ken and I reside in Jayess, Mississippi, a tranquil, rural area of Walthall County, where regardless of real or perceived adversities, we awaken each morning to the songs of joy espoused by …

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Caregiver in Grenada, MS

My son James and I (his caregiver and mother) live in Grenada, MS Jim as we call him returned home in 2006 from his fifth deployment to Iraq. He had some injuries although physically not life threatening for which we were thankful but as time went on the PTSD began to present itself in many …

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The Smallest Act of Caring

Where are you located? Waynesville, MO Where did your veteran receive the majority of their medical treatment? My veteran was not catastrophically injured while in theater, but rather years of deployments eventually took their toll on him physically and mentally. The majority of his conditions arose a few years after returning from his last deployment. …

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5 Signs of Caregiver Stress… and How Quality of Life Foundation Helps Make a Difference

Fatigue; caregivers too easily find themselves constantly feeling tired and run down from the sheer volume of their many roles and responsibilities.     Anxiety; caregivers are constantly worrying about tomorrow, next week, and next month. The kids, the bills, the veteran.  The ‘what if’ list is never ending.     Social withdrawal; oftentimes caregivers …

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"Me" Time

We currently live in Cary NC. My husband received a majority of his medical treatment and recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. My husband was in the army for 7 years before he was medically retired due to injuries he sustained in Iraq. I became his primary caregiver as soon as he was medevac’d …

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Help Around the House

Hi everyone! My name is Rose and I’m here to tell you my story about how the Quality of Life Foundation has helped me and my family. Currently we live in a small town of Sebring, FL. My husband’s family is from here which is why we moved down here. I met my husband Patrick …

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A Passion for Advocacy

Where are you located? Goodyear, Arizona Where did your veteran receive the majority of their medical treatment? My husband receives his care from Surprise VA clinic along with the Phoenix Carl T. Hayden VA facility. Which branch of service is your family affiliated with? My husband is a Purple Heart recipient and served in the …

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Diet Coke, Chocolate Cake and their Inevitable Kettlebell Consequences

  Research tells us that caregivers are more likely to have negative health outcomes than their non-caregiving peers.  But what does that mean exactly?  The answer, like each injury and resulting caregiving situation, is going to be different from family to family.  For some it’s hypertension.  Others, depression.  Still others, dental health needs are most …

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Caregivers and Friends

We recently had the opportunity to assist the parent/caregivers of two wounded veterans travel to visit each other. Shirley shared the story of how she and Nancy became friends and we want to share this glimpse into the lives of two caregiving families who have provided mutual support through the years. “We would like to say thanks to everyone who …

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A Fresh Start

  A fresh start, a new beginning, an investment. As a caregiver we invest so much of ourselves into our loved ones that we often forget to invest in our own needs, health, hopes and dreams. There are trying times with little respite where we feel like we are living one minute, one day, one …

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Love and Compassion

Where are you located? We are located in Ave Maria, Florida. We just moved from Naples, Florida.  It was my husband who wanted to move to an area that was more quiet and with less activity. Nosotros estamos localizados en Ave María Florida. Nosotros nos acabamos de mudar de Naples Florida. Fue mi esposo quien …

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Just Keep Swimming

  Where are you located? We live in Bluff City TN Where did your veteran receive the majority of their medical treatment? Mountain Home VA in Tennessee Which branch of service is your family affiliated with? Army Please share how you came to be a caregiver My husband joined the Army in 2001 when he …

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Please Ask

  Where are you located? We are located in Williamsburg Virginia, about an hour from Richmond and an hour from Norfolk. Where does your spouse receive medical treatment? My husband receives his VA care through the Hampton VA Medical Center. He is primarily seen by his primary team through Sentara Medical Group in Williamsburg to …

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Strength, Wisdom and Love

Where are you located? Stafford, VA Where did your veteran receive the majority of their medical treatment? He had most of all his surgeries at Bethesda Naval ( Walter Reed now) and all his Rehab at the Tampa VA. Which branch of service is your family affiliated with? USMC Please share how you came to be …

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Florida Caregiver Shares Her Story

 Where are you located? I am located near Tampa, Florida   Where did your Veteran receive Medical Treatment? My husband and I have moved quite often. He has received treatment in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Florida Veteran Affairs. Most being in Florida.   Which branch of service is your family affiliated with? United States Air Force …

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