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Our second quarter has been an amazing journey and we feel so blessed to be able to support our Nation's wounded veterans! Did you know that our caregiver registrations have grown by 76% since the first of this year? This just goes to show you that there is a need for the type of support we are giving. 


Here are some ways that you can give back to these amazing family caregivers:
  • Shop off of our Amazon Wish List - there are items listed for as low as $4! 
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  • Volunteer your time or talents.
    • We are currently looking for someone to give our restorative weekend participants chair massages. 
    • We are also looking for additional volunteers to join our fundraising and communication committees. 
    •  Do you have a great idea of how to help- please reach out. We are always welcoming new ways to support our caregivers. 
Volunteer

 


  • Good 'ol American cash!
    • Sponsor a meal at our upcoming RW in September. Want to go even further?
      • How about sponsoring a caregiver to attend?
      • From $10 to $5,000 we will make your donation count!
    • Ask us how you can Host a Fundraiser. 
 
  • In celebration of the Kansas City Chiefs first pre-season game, every donation of $20 and up from now until Saturday, August 10th at midnight Central time will be entered into a drawing for an authentic Patrick Mahomes signed football! Not a KC fan? Did you know that Mahomes was the NFL MVP winner last year? Don't miss out on owning a piece of history in the making!
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Caregiver Spotlight
Rondalene Brandon
Rondalene attended our Restorative Weekend at the end of May. Take a minute to read her story and then hear what she has to say in our video posted below. 

I live in a small town an hour outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. I help take care of my husband, Randall, who is a disabled veteran. He served 22 years with the Army National Guard. He is also a Medically retired first responder of 18 years. We have been married for 30 years and have 6 children and 5 grandchildren.
 
In 2006, after a 1 ½ year deployment to Iraq, I started to notice changes in him. When I reached out to others for help during that time, I was always shut down due to him being in the National Guard. It was hard to find help back then for my husband. The PTSD affected his employment as a first responder as well as our family.
 
Peer support is so important! I went 12 years without even knowing there were support groups out there for the caregiver. I felt like I didn’t belong since I didn’t have the official title of caregiver through the VA. Although, I was still giving my time and energy, taking off work, not getting enough sleep to take care of him. I didn’t understand the military system. Please speak up. You may think you have little to offer someone. What I would have given 10 years ago for someone to say, "Hey, you’re going to be ok through this." We need to support each other. Being a caregiver to a veteran and/or first responder puts a lot on you. I have had to raise 6 children mostly by myself. I have gone to sporting events, band concerts, dance recitals, and even our own children’s weddings by myself. I can cry and become bitter or I can keep my chin up and take one day, one step at a time, and just hope that tomorrow is a new day. Having the support of a few good friends, family, and now the caregiver community has helped to bring a new light of hope into my much-needed crazy world.
 
Being in this group has helped me to see, and to understand, that I am not alone, like I felt for so long. Being chosen for the Caregiver Mental Health and Restorative Weekend and getting to meet other people going through what I was and finding out I was not alone was so amazing! I came back with so many new tools to use in my life. Some things we don't always want to think of but is a must, like funeral planning, to know how to present ourselves for a job interview in 30 seconds or less, and even breathing exercises, and a trip to Curves. The group was small, which I am grateful for because it gave me a safe place to be myself. It was a weekend about the caregiver and what we have to bring to the table. Most of us there found it hard to look at ourselves and rediscover who we really are, especially when we have put so much of our life on hold for our vets. We had amazing ladies there that were Vets themselves, who told of their husband’s services, and not of themselves, but when their stories came out, they were amazing, and inspiring. We had personalities that ranged from quiet as a mouse to "over the top and owned it", and they were all amazing in their own way!!! I felt a connection to each of them. They inspired me, lifted me up, and helped me to know, I AM NOT ALONE IN THIS JOURNEY OF CAREGIVING!

Thank you Rondalene for sharing your words of wisdom with us! We are so
blessed to have you in our tribe! 

Take A look at Our Second Quarter

Caregiver Mental Health and Wellness Restorative Weekend
At the end of May we brought 12 veteran caregivers to Unity Village for a weekend filled with laughter, smiles, and tears. This weekend gave these caregivers a chance to focus solely on themselves. They learned tools that would enable them to sustain their health on a journey of ups and downs that often comes with taking care of an injured veteran. This is not an easy weekend for the caregivers. They are faced with the reality that some have lost who they were prior to becoming a caregiver. But through it all they walked away with a tribe of other caregivers and a renewed sense of hope and resiliency! 
Hear from our caregivers on the reasons why the Restorative Weekend is a must!

Independence, MO Celebrates its Hidden Heroes

Mayor Eileen Weir is dedicated to making sure the caregivers in her city are recognized. The Pharaoh Theater hosted The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Caregivers on the Homefront, and the City of Independence to show the film The Weight of Honor. One of the missions of COH is to advocate for the veteran caregivers and this film is a wonderful way to do so. 
 

Caregivers on the Homefront's 1st Annual

Will You Walk With Me? 5K Fun Walk/Run

We can't begin to express our appreciation and gratitude to all of the runners, walkers, and sponsors that made our first 5K such a huge success! Suicide prevention awareness and education is so important and needed. We look forward to seeing you next year! Don't forget, you can sign up for or host a QPR Suicide Prevention Class by contacting us.
 

Contact Us
Calendar
August
15th  Lansing, KS Hidden Heroes Proclamation Signing
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lansing-ks-becomes-hidden-heroes-city-tickets-66741139545
20th  Prudential "Is Your Financial House In Order" workshop, 6-8pm @Pleasant Valley Baptist Church
 
September
10th  QPR Workshop, 1-3pm @ Keeler Women's Center
11th  Kansas City VA Mental Health Summit
13-16th   Mental Health and Wellness Restorative Weekend
27th   Topeka VA Mental Health Summit, https://www.facebook.com/events/2716219568389477/
 28th Veteran's Salute, https://www.mymcpl.org/events/54306/veterans-salute
 
October
21st   Elizabeth Dole Foundation/VA 4th Annual National Convening, https://www.elizabethdolefoundation.org/national-convening/

To Our Donors

The difference YOU are making in the lives of our caregivers:


These are some quotes that we have received through emails and social media the second quarter of this year:

  • Receiving your package in the mail brightens my day yesterday so much. Thank you for thinking of me.  I’ve been having a rough time lately and your thoughtfulness raised my spirits. 
    ❤
  • Thank you Shawn & Rachel for my beautiful birthday card! I miss you tremendously 💕❣️😇
     
  • One of the most amazing weekends! As a caregiver, isolation is very common. I didn't know anyone in my community that was going through the same things I was and through Caregivers On The Homefront I was able to meet other fellow caregivers. 
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