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 armed forces communities, identifying those who have exceptional practices and performance, doing the most good for the families of the heroes that faithfully serve our country.  It’s a hard-earned recognition, and our organization is identified as one of the most promising in the country, doing the finest work that
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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 to brighten the lives of their children and not disappoint the hearts of innocence and the eyes of youth. With that said, we are beginning our Holiday Blessings campaign and are asking you, our partners and friends, to consider making a donation that will not
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give to wounded veteran military family caregivers

The Power of Partnership

Our veteran families experience tremendous challenges when they are presented with catastrophic injuries that fundamentally alter their life. The Quality of Life Foundation is able to assist the caregivers and families of these severely injured, ill, and wounded veterans through an elaborate network of supporters, donors, corporate and individual partners. In fact, did you know that for every $1 donated, the QoLF is able to leverage $3 in direct services in support of a veteran family? These leveraged funds can be in the form of in-kind support, waived fees, or an actual matching donation. The common strand is that all
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AUSA to Host Military Family Forum

Living with Post Traumatic Stress: An Update on Issues and Resources The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Family Readiness Directorate will join forces with representatives from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s office, Senator Maize Hirono’s office among others to host a Military Family Forum titled, Living with Post Traumatic Stress: An Update on Issues and Resources This free Military Family Forum is designed to update the community of caregivers and support organizations on the challenges and solutions for families living with Post Traumatic Stress. This event
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Back-to-School Brigade

  Believe it or not, the 2016-2017 school year is rapidly approaching, but no need to stress, Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade is again providing school supplies for active duty, E1-E6 or all ranks of post 9/11 wounded, ill or injured for the upcoming school year. Below is a link where you can find the closest Back-to-School Brigade location to you along with more information like time, location, and a link to register. Check it out!

Points of Life Conference on Volunteering and Service

On June 27-28, Quality of Life Foundation Executive Director, Rachel O’Hern, attended the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service in Detroit, Michigan, sponsored by the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The two day event featured presentations on the future of volunteers and ways to increase the amount of volunteers and their impact on those around them. Rachel participated in a forum designed to allow a cross-sector audience to hear the unique struggles of caregivers in order to inspire the volunteer sector to address these issues in their communities and join the many existing efforts that serve our country’s hidden heroes.
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QoLF Executive Director, Rachel O’Hern, at the Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds

Last week, our Executive Director Rachel O’Hern was honored to participate in The Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds presented by the George W. Bush Institute  with a panel of subject matter experts and share her thoughts on the role of nonprofit organizations.  See a brief summary of her thoughts below:   Regarding the role of nonprofit organizations, I believe that private organizations should provide complementary programs to existing government services.  Here at Quality of Life Foundation, we always work in collaboration with a family’s VA or DoD care team to ensure we are all working efficiently to the same
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Operation Family Caregiver

Quality of Life Foundation recently attended a launch event for an exciting new program – Operation Family Caregiver presented by Blue Star Families! Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting, and empowering military families. Blue Star Families’ Caregivers program is a multi-faceted approach that reaches military and veteran caregivers through many different channels. BSF knows the day-to-day challenges that caregivers experience, and has created a program with multiple access points, based on caregiver bandwidth. Blue Star Families’ CEC program provides workshops and digital
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The William H. Donner Foundation Grant

With a generous grant from the William H. Donner Foundation, we improved the quality of life for 7 veterans, 7 caregivers and 15 children – for a total of 29 lives impacted. Our Family Support Coordinators resolved 28 challenges ranging from home repair and furnishings to activities for children. FSCs met these needs by providing advocacy, purchasing a good or service, and/or leveraging a needed good or service from a collaborating organization, for a total estimated value of over $30,000. Thanks to the William H. Donner Foundation, the Quality of Life Foundation has provided families with: • Auto Repair •
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Quality of Life Foundation new Daisy logo

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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