Furnishing Hope Does It Again!

The Quality of Life Foundation was contacted by a mother and caregiver who was seeking assistance for her daughter, a 23-year Navy veteran who retired from service following her diagnosis of cancer and other serious medical conditions.  The mother and caregiver moved from Maryland to California in 2011 to assist her daughter with daily living tasks and transportation to numerous medical appointments.  This relieved the veterans’ husband who had resigned from his employment to assist his wife.  The family was in dire financial debt and the veterans’ husband needed to find employment to supplement the family income. One of the
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Back to School with Splunk

Education is one’s bedrock. Learning the 3 R’s are critical for a successful future. As we approach this time of year, many of us will fulfill school supply lists that have grown tremendously over the years. As teachers struggle to maintain the basic necessities in their classrooms, families are called upon to provide even more of their basic supplies but also supplies to be shared. Many of our families struggle with maintaining housing, basic utilities, transportation and clothing. The added pressure of mechanical pencils, multiple binders, and scientific calculators is too much to bear. Thanks to the generosity of Splunk,
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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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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. Army. How has care-giving impacted your day to day routine and your personal life? Yesterday was our 13th wedding anniversary. It was about a year after we were married and he was already discharged that different behaviors and moods started appearing. He spoke less and
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Renovating Hope Grant

Once again,  Renovating Hope offered Quality of Life Foundation a grant for caregivers to use specifically on themselves. Some caregivers chose to receive haircuts, manicures or massages, while others opted for tech gear, art classes or health care. Our thanks to Renovating Hope for giving these wounded veteran family caregivers a special treat and for their continued support of caregiving families!

Thank you, Rachel!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish a warm farewell to our Executive Director, Rachel O’Hern. All of us at Quality of Life Foundation – staff and board members – are very grateful for her two years of outstanding leadership. She will continue her work with Quality of Life as a member of the Board of Directors. Although we will miss her, we wish her nothing but the best in this new chapter.

Farewell Kelsey!

  Another warm farewell to our intern, Kelsey! Kelsey has been at the Quality of Life Foundation for the past two summers helping with social media, developing the newsletter, research and communications. Kelsey is a rising senior and member of the field hockey team at Washington and Jefferson College where she is studying Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration. Thank you for all of your help during the past two summers!          

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 recently that I had realized that everything I loved doing was put on hold while attending to my husband’s and family’s needs. He went through 27 surgeries for limb salvage and then two post amputation for an infection with osteomylitis. I want you all to
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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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