‘Tis the Season for Holiday Blessings

   Again this year, we are teaming with Azalea Charities to extend Holiday Blessings 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, and Azalea Charities, we will send our caregiver families gift cards for each minor child in their household.     UPDATED December 17, 2018: Here are a few responses from the WVFCP enrolled caregivers to which we sent gift cards for our Holiday Blessing: •  “WOW! This is so very
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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 shape innovative programs that help our impacted veterans, service members and their families thrive. As a nonpartisan leader in the military-veteran community, the Bob Woodruff Foundation brings transparency and credibility to its partners and complements their efforts. Receiving a grant from BWF is an honor
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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 all of the expenses associated with the move. However, this act came with significant financial consequences as they had not anticipated how expensive it would be to move their parents. This resulted in the family falling behind on several of their own household bills while
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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 I was diagnosed for the fifth time. We may have possibly, finally found a cure. Survival is not a fight, it’s a swim. You drop in the water at night and take a moment to get your bearings. Pick a course quickly but not hastily,
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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. This caregiver supports her wounded veteran around the clock as they negotiate his catastrophic injuries. The amount of support this veteran requires prevents the caregiver from working outside of the home. The family had several needs, but the most important need to be addressed was
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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 smile all of the time now!! It is truly something life changing for me and I can’t thank you enough.” The caregiver had been in need of significant dental work for nearly 10 years. This extensive work included two fillings, hygiene and both upper and
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3 children of the caregiver and wounded veteran hold their new fishing supplies.

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 to work with a wounded veteran caregiver, spouse, and mother of four. She provides daily care to her husband and USMC veteran due to the severity of his visible and invisible injuries as a result of multiple deployments during his service of nearly twenty years. While
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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 for the babies including a brand new crib we’re ordered. [Our FSC] handled everything so smoothly. It was like a heavy burden has been lifted. All I had to do was focus on my newborn, I can’t express just how much our quality of life
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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 forced to fight an uphill battle for the veteran’s VA disability compensation after his return home. The lengthy process for securing the veteran’s benefits, while facing multiple medical crises, lasted for years and financially devastated the family. The veteran shared his story with us: “I
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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 to support over the past 10 Years. As caregivers have learned to negotiate a new normal with their severely wounded, ill, or injured veteran, they have encountered problems along the way. QoLF has stepped in to provide a safety net, reinforce a fragile foundation, and create a
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