QoLF Advocates for Caregivers

If our FSC had not advocated for this caregiver, she might still be trying to reach someone to accomplish the home modifications her wounded veteran needed.   This family of four includes the veteran, his spouse and caregiver, and their two daughters.  While serving in the Army Reserves throughout multiple deployments, the veteran stepped on an IED in Afghanistan.  He sustained multiple injuries to include right leg BK amputation, de-gloving of the left leg/limb salvage, PTSD, TBI, restricted lung disease, and much more. His spouse and caregiver reached out to us for assistance in finding contractors for a home modification
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A Road Less Traveled

Caregiving is a journey of at least two people— the caregiver and the care receiver. It’s not a race to the finish. There are detours, diversions, and sometimes roadblocks. Sometimes your journey is a straight, flat four lane highway with light traffic and sunny skies; other times your journey is a winding one lane mountain path with a sheer drop off on one side, mountain on the other, with oncoming traffic, and mudslides. There will be some parts of your journey that you will want to take out and pour over the “preserved” memories—snapshots if you will. There will be
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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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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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New Partnership-Same Impact

The DAV Charitable Service Trust (CST) recognizes the life altering impacts of multiple deployments on the veteran and their family. The CST is committed to supporting organizations and programs that provide direct service to ill, injured, or wounded veterans, of all wars and all eras, and their caregivers to support their physical and psychological rehabilitation—organizations like the Quality of Life Foundation. QoLF is fortunate to have been awarded a grant from the DAV Charitable Service Trust which allows us to continue to support those caregivers and families who willingly stay on the path of recovery with their veteran as they
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Veteran on His Recumbent Bike

Helping the Veteran Helps the Family

This veteran came to us to see if we could assist him with the purchase of a recumbent bike, as he very much wanted to engage in bike riding. He indicated that he had been trying to find funding for such an apparatus through other resources, but had been unsuccessful. Due to the cost of the bike, he could not afford to purchase one of his own. The veteran was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and because of his visible and invisible injuries, he has been unable to sustain employment. We asked the veteran to visit a local bike
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Green Pastures

For some, there is no better life than a farm life. For this caregiver family, farm life was perfect; perfect until their veteran was injured during several deployments to Iraq. After returning home with injuries, some of the chores were not as easy as they once were; the family needed better equipment to accomplish the same chores. Quality of Life Foundation was able to coordinate support from various veteran service organizations to contribute to the purchase of a tractor for the caregiver and family. Now, they are creating a new normal with the same old feeling: there is no better life than farm life.

A Place to Call Home

Imagine being far away from family and in the blink of an eye, having your life dramatically changed. This family came to the Quality of Life in need of support to help with repairs to make their house “a place to call home”. The gift of land prompted this family to move to another state. However, the move and new home presented some challenges. The family was in desperate need of guttering to prevent runoff and puddling. Additionally, the home needed a porch for ease of access and spending time outdoors. QoLF was able to coordinate services to fix these issues and,
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