2015 Warrior Community Integration Symposium

    May 21-22, Quality of Life Foundation was able to participate in the 2015 Warrior Community Integration Symposium hosted by our friends at America’s Warrior Partnership and the presenting sponsor, Wounded Warrior Project.  The two day event kicked off with opening remarks from Jeremy Chwat of Wounded Warrior Project, and Jim Lorraine of America’s Warrior Partnership, as well as the powerful personal story of Medal of Honor recipient Col ( R ) Leo Thorness, USAF.  In his comments, Jim Lorraine emphasized the importance of helping veterans from the bottom up, rather than the top down, and our responsibility as
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Super FSC Angie Pearce

Congratulations to our May FSC of the month – Angie Pearce, who has been with Quality of Life Foundation for a full year now! Angie has recently worked with an Army veteran and his family referred to the Quality of Life Foundation by their VA Caregiver Support Coordinator.  This family of 6 includes 3 minor children, an adult daughter, the veteran, and his spouse-caregiver. The veteran served in the Army and Army National Guard, and deployed several times to Iraq as well as other parts of the world. Over the course of several deployments, he was exposed to combat and
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Elizabeth Dole Foundation Hidden Heroes Coalition Summit

Today, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation hosted the 2015 Hidden Heroes Coalition Summit: Progress and Promise here in Washington, DC. The summit marked one year since Senator Elizabeth Dole launched the National Coalition for Military Caregivers. In her remarks, Senator Dole named dozens of private, public, nonprofit and faith organizations and leaders who have taken steps to directly address the gaps in support revealed by the Foundation’s 2014 RAND report on military and veteran caregivers. Senator Dole reflected on the significant shift in the nation’s caregiver support, stating, “We have seen allied groups working together; funders teaming with service providers; and
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Teamwork makes the dream work!

  A VA Caregiver support coordinator recently referred a family of 5 to us including a veteran, his care-giving wife, and 3 children “in desperate need of support and community agencies to embrace them and help get them on track.” The veteran has deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq, and was medically retired from the Army after being diagnosed with PTSD, TBI, and enduring a gastrogogectomy. After a mix up with benefits, the family found themselves struggling to make ends meet. Our Family Support Coordinator got right to work, and send a gift card from our Unmet Needs Fund to
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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 returned from Iraq in 2005 he was a broken man. He struggled through many rough months but was turned away from the VA and sent home by his unit. He pushed through and did well until the fall of 2010 when serious physical symptoms began
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Silver Star Day

If you live in close proximity to a military installation, you may have seen this image in a window decal around town, but may not be familiar with the meaning and history behind the sticker. These “service flags” or “service banners” are an official banner that family members of service members can display (36 USC § 901) in support of their service member. The original service flag was designed in 1917 by United States Army Captain Robert L. Queisser of the Fifth Ohio Infantry, who displayed the first blue star banner in honor of his two sons who were serving
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