When you think of a person with a known health issue, you tend to mention that person by name. When a good friend, neighbor, family member, or distant relative gets sick or injured, it becomes personal. Just this week, a good friend of mine experienced the joy of bringing a newborn child into the world AND losing his Mother on the same day. His Mom was a Military Spouse who lived a wonderful life in spite of having endured and overcome many personal hardships when her WWII Veteran Husband fought and got wounded in the war. These were the days before instant communication made vital details available and news from the warfront arrived slowly.
Fast forward to life after the military for this fine military couple and the stories could captivate you for hours. I had the honor and privilege to listen and learn from this power couple. I and many others were positively influenced by their outlook on life, living by example, and the welcoming nature of their home and family history.
I remember my late Parents' decision to move into an assisted living center. It seemed as though a struggle existed between giving up a life of independence & home ownership and living amongst the masses & away from familiarity. Before this move, my Sisters and Nieces offered their time and support and served as caregivers from time-to-time. A caregiver can make a huge difference in the lives of those who need extra help. The decision to reside in a new place for the next chapter in life never comes easy. Sometimes the decision injuries sustained in combat make the decision for you. Providing care takes a personal sacrifice, time, an emotional toll, and other challenges.
Whether talking about my Friend's Parents or my own, you might relate to this story. You might even be a caregiver for someone in need. Maybe you have a Wounded Warrior to care for.
The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, Public Law 111-163, was enacted on May 5, 2010, and required VA to begin providing caregiver support by January 30, 2011:
If you're a caregiver, or know someone who is, please share this information with them.
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