Quality Family Time

From the Caregiver: “Dear Angie, I hope my email finds you well today! I would like to thank you and the Qolfoundation for our golf clubs. They arrived on Monday and by Wednesday we were on the golf course soon as my son got back from School. It was such a beautiful moment for my family and my clubs are light and just perfect for my hands. Thank you so much for making Golf even more enjoyable for us! Now we can get out more and enjoy Golf as a family. Thank you so much!”   When your veteran comes
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DRT Brings Game-Changing Technology to QoLF

DRT’s Technology Transformation team modernizes Wounded Veteran Family Care Program with newest, cloud-based approach to data management, data analytics and data visualization. (reprint of original article at http://www.drtstrategies.com/qolf?journal=109) DRT Strategies, Inc. (DRT) (www.drtstrategies.com), a leading management and technology solutions firm, announced today that the company’s Technology Transformation team designed, built and implemented its enterprise business intelligence solution, providing data management, data analytics and data visualization, for the Quality of Life Foundation, the national organization that through the Wounded Veteran Family Care Program, supports families who provide substantial care to severely wounded, injured or ill veterans.  To deliver the cloud-based and mobile
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A Thousand Words

Our caregivers hustle between chores, caregiving, nurturing, and life. Oftentimes, without a moment to spare or a minute to pause. The ability to enjoy a sunset, a flower, or a pretty picture will often elude a caregiver as they rush to the next task or next emergency at hand. To be able to capture a moment, any moment, may seem trivial to most but for one caregiver, it meant a moment of solitude and enjoyment … it meant a moment to connect with her family. This caregiver provides Tier 3 level care to her veteran spouse and 3 children. The veteran
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Taking It For Granted

As we go through our days on our cellphones, IPAD’s, and our other personal electronic devices, that facilitate access, ease paperwork, and make rapid response a given, it is easy to forget, or not even have a notion, that many people do not have these simple devices to make their lives easier. In some households, there are not any computers, or an internet connection at all. For some children, the only computer they will touch will be the one in their schools. Computers and technology are not a given a given for everyone—it is, in so many instances, a privilege. Oftentimes,
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Doing it Alone – With a Little Help

Our military caregiver families are special. Oftentimes after multiple deployments and military moves, these families are accustomed to getting things done. They have mastered the art of negotiating difficult situations and there are few challenges that they are not ready to try to tackle on their own. Not to mention, the ability to take care of yourself, and secure your own quality of life, is fundamental to every persons’ feeling of completeness. For the most part, our caregiver families are doing it alone. Many come to the Quality of Life Foundation for support after years of trying to figure out
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Just Tell the Story

Our caregivers are often beset with incredible challenges. Many out of their control, and some like an act of God, as exhibited in the Texas, leave them at a total loss. But what do you do when it is not an act of God, and still out of your control, and it seems there is no way out that does not create more problems? Sometimes, you Just Tell the Story. This caregiver of six includes the veteran, his spouse and caregiver, and four minor children.  The Veteran served in the Army and deployed to Iraq in 2006-2007.  As a result
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Buy Tickets to an Orioles Game and Support Wounded Veteran Families!

  Quality of Life Foundation Fundraiser Sunday, August 20th at 1:35 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Kids Run the Bases (postgame) presented by Weis Markets (All fans 14 and under) Tuesday, September 19th at 7:05 p.m. vs. Boston Red Sox Orioles Knit Cap (All Fans) Friday, September 22nd at 7:05 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay Rays Fan Appreciation Weekend Fireworks (postgame) presented by Johns Hopkins Advantage MD Saturday, September 23rd at 7:05 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay Rays Fan Appreciation Weekend Orioles Hooded Sweatshirt (All Fans 15 and over) Pricing and availability vary by game. Pricing will be displayed within
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Collaboration for a Caregiving Family

Stuck Have you ever had to move something very heavy? You struggle vigorously against the weight of the object, and feel your body in motion, your legs sluggishly moving one in front of the other, only to stop and look around and realize you have barely moved at all? Now, imagine that feeling being your existence, every day, every step, just to move from one room to the other. This is sort of the feeling that our caregiver shared with us that their veteran experienced. Your mobility is forever changed when you return home from battle and find yourself confined to a
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Once the Uniform is Hung Up

A Reminder from a Caregiver Please do not forget. As these wars have carried on now for over a decade, the toll from these wars will continue on for a lifetime. Every veteran is different and their level of ability to function will vary. Demand these veterans get the care they so desperately need and deserve. Also, if you are blessed to know a caregiver or a veteran realize that while initial healing periods have passed, they are not completely healed most of the time. A dinner or an offer to go out together goes a long way. We often
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Month of the Military Caregiver

May – is the month of the Military Caregiver. It is incumbent upon all of us to remember these invisible heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support our wounded, ill, and injured veterans, their families, and their communities. Oftentimes, it is the Caregiver who ensures that a veteran gets out of bed, gets to their doctors’ appointment, attends their counseling session, and is present for the parent/teacher conference or school performance. It is the Caregiver who completes the applications, claim forms, and appeals for benefits. It is the Caregiver who creates a new normal for their household, and
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