Caregiving Families Need Your Support

Where are you located? McMinnville, TN Where did your veteran receive the majority of their medical treatment? Walter Reed Which branch of service is your family affiliated with? Army Please share how you came to be a caregiver. My husband stepped on a 40lb IED on January 22, 2011 in Afghanistan. He instantly lost both legs and his elbow. How has caregiving impacted your day to day routine and your personal life? I always joke that I traded the baby stroller and diaper bag in for a wheelchair and medical bag. We hoped to have another child after his tour,
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The Home Depot Foundation

Over the course of 2014 and 2015, the Quality of Life Foundation has teamed with The Home Depot Foundation to help six wounded veterans and their families. The Home Depot Foundation provides financial assistance in the form of grants to military families and veterans in order to improve their homes and lives. The grants can then be used to purchase the materials and supplies needed for the project. With the help of The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force called TeamDepot, we’ve been able to facilitate home modifications like new fencing to improve home safety, finishing a basement to provide space
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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 concerning. For me, it was an extra ten pounds added during my husband’s six week inpatient stay.  Turns out, the combination of chocolate cake every night and skipping anything remotely resembling a workout to hang out in the waiting rooms for surgery after surgery existing
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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 made our trip to Minnesota possible. We really enjoyed our trip and we were so excited to see our friends that we met at Walter Reed almost 10 years ago. I’ll never forget my first day at Walter Reed when I met my friend, Nancy.
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Super FSC Traci Via

Congratulations to our July FSC of the month – Traci Via, who recently rejoined Quality of Life Foundation after taking a leave of absence.  We are thrilled to have Traci back on the team! Traci has been working with a Marine veteran and his family, who found the Quality of Life Foundation when searching for support online.  This family of 4 includes the veteran, his spouse and caregiver, and their 2 minor daughters.  They were looking for help obtaining a riding lawn mower, as the spouse – caregiver did not have the energy or time to keep up with their
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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 surgery at a time. From that despair grows great strength and resiliency. I am not the same person. We are not the same couple, nor are we the same family before our inpatient adventures began. We are actually better than ever before, even with the
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and the pursuit of happiness

Today we celebrate the beginning of a new nation. 239 years ago, 1337 words and 56 signatures changed the world. From coast to coast, small towns and big cities alike will host parades and pyrotechnics to mark the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The one constant across all the backyard barbeques and park picnics? The Star-Spangled Banner. The American flag has long stood as a symbol of democracy, liberty and freedom. From the surface of the moon to the shoulders of our soldiers, our flag represents hope and the promise of a brighter future. Symbols are important. Like our
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