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Supporting Military familiesBlog courtesy of Theresa Buchanan, Youth Initiatives Director for the National Military Family Association

More than a million military caregivers serve our Nation every day by helping their wounded warriors do things many of us consider simple: eat, bathe, dress, and more. They are America’s hidden heroes.

 

As noted by President Lincoln in his second inaugural address about families of wounded service members: “…to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.”

 

Being a military family is not easy by any stretch, throw in the word “casualty” and it just became a completely different ball game. It’s something that isn’t new for our community and with more than 10 years of war under our belt – it’s become increasingly common.  That’s why we’re sharing these opportunities  – a caregiver survey to gather more information that will help us support the needs of caregivers and a chance to attend the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple Healing Adventures retreat, free to families.

 

Caregivers have a huge responsibility and need support from not only family but our Nation because so much depends on their success.   Who better to lay out the needs of caregivers, than the caregivers themselves! You know the saying, “you’ll never understand a person until you walk in their shoes.” Well now is the time for anyone who has been in this position to share your story.  Those that complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card and other prizes.

 

The National Military Family Association is asking caregivers (spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, relatives, or friends) for your best tips. As you know, knowledge is a powerful guide especially from those that have already walked the road to recovery. The survey is made possible by a grant from Caring for Military Families: The Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

 

In conjunction with our survey we’ve opened applications for our Operation Purple Healing Adventures retreat which combines family-focused activities and outdoor exploration to help families rediscover fun and togetherness after an injury. Open to active duty, National Guard, Reserve, and medically retired families from all ranks and Services.

Communication activities developed by FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress™), ensure families return home stronger – while families participate in the usual outdoor fun of climbing, hiking, canoeing, bonding, eating s’mores, and more!

 

We salute you – a caregiver for your special someone. We appreciate you and the role you’ve so selflessly taken on.

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For more great family support resources, please see MilitaryOneClick’s Family Support Links

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