A Simple Wish

We recently had the honor of working with a family of five; an Army veteran, his (also Army veteran) spouse and caregiver, and their 3 minor children. The caregiver originally reached out to us for assistance finding activities for her three young children. She felt that they have had to sacrifice so much because of her and her husband’s service to our country. She was concerned that her kids are not spending time around kids their age because they spend so much time at the VA during their dad’s medical appointments. She wanted them to be able to participate in
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QoLF Teams with Our Military Kids

Since 2013, The Quality of Life Foundation has teamed with Our Military Kids to help children of wounded veteran families.  Our Military Kids provides support and recognition to military children by providing grants to pay for athletic, fine arts and tutoring. Thus far, they have provided nearly $22 million in grants and have never turned away an eligible family. As a result of the grants provided by Our Military Kids, 19 children of QoLF families have had the opportunity to participate in soccer, gymnastics, dance, rodeo, science camps, YMCA camps, tennis, tutoring and more! The Quality of Life Foundation appreciates
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Wounded Veteran caregiver family children saying thank you

Happy New Year!

WVFCP Families Say Thank You for the Holiday Blessing Again this year, we have teamed with our friends at Azalea Charities to extend our annual “Holiday Blessing” to the children of the families currently enrolled in our Wounded Veteran Family Care Program to relieve some of the stress that can come with the holiday season. Please see a few responses below from our families: This made me cry!  Just knowing that we will be able to get the kids Christmas presents now with less stress financially is a God send.  We are so grateful! Thank you so much, this is wonderful
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Renovating Hope Caregiver Grant

Some of you may recall a story we shared earlier this year of a generous anonymous donor who wanted to recognize the tremendous personal sacrifice of caregivers of military veterans.  The same individual has recently reached out and offered the generous opportunity again to caregivers currently enrolled in Quality of Life Foundation’s Wounded Veteran Family Care Program, and with the help of our outstanding FSC’s we have successfully coordinated for special treats for 12 caregivers. Here are a few highlights from this most recent gift: Rotunda West, FL A family of 5 including the veteran, his spouse and caregiver, and their 3 minor children.  The veteran served in the Air
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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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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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Stylist for our Heroes

    A few thoughts from Stylist, Lindsey O’Connell about her work for Quality of Life Foundation families.   “I’m a social worker too”, I said proudly. “Oh yeah, what do you do?” Pause. “Oh my gosh, nothing!” Now let me start by saying I am privileged and proud of being able to stay home with my children. I fully subscribe the “they’re only young once” mentality. The military initially made the decision for me, but I came to really appreciate seeing my babies every day and doing the mommy thing. But when I answered this question, (to whom I cannot
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Happy Birthday, Chris Kyle

You may be familiar with the story of Chris Kyle, from either the book “American Sniper,” or its recent movie adaptation.  If so, you were probably inspired by his drive, passion, and loyalty to country and family.  You were likely also impressed by his skills, gifts, and talents that kept many American service members safe and allowed them to return home to their families.  You might have even noticed the grace, strength, and resilience of his wife, Taya. Continuing to exhibit that same exemplary grace, strength, and resilience on what can only be a deeply emotional day, Taya, through the Chris
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Collaboration with TD Foundation

This month we would like to highlight the TD Foundation. Since we began working with them this fall, they have given us over $26,000 which we have combined with discounts, pro bono support, and funding from our Unmet Needs Fund to bring almost $50,000 worth of assistance to 14 Quality of Life Foundation families. The TD Foundation provides aid to children directly affected by war in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to children of wounded warriors and fallen heroes here in the US, and we are grateful for their collaboration and support of the care-giving families we serve. The
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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Grant

With a recent grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia, we improved the quality of life for 7 veterans, 7 caregivers, and 11 children – a total of 25 lives impacted. We found solutions to all 28 of the challenges these families asked us to address.  Our Family Support Coordinators met these challenges by providing advocacy, purchasing a good or service, and/or leveraging a needed good or service from a teaming organization. The estimated value of the goods and services we were able to coordinate for these families is over $51,000.   In other words, for every dollar of grant money
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