The mission of Caregivers on the Homefront Inc. is to provide caregivers of our nation's veterans and first responders with hopefulness, a sense of togetherness, and a firm foundation of resiliency. With your help we can make a difference. Learn more and get involved.
Our Impact This Year
Am I a Caregiver?
The United States is home to more than 5.5 million military caregivers. This course provides five questions that can help anyone identify if they are a caregiver to a service member or Veteran. In addition to providing information about how to manage the different demands and stressors of caregiving. Caregivers on the Homefront's Shawn Moore discusses her role as a caregiver.
Caregivers on the Homefront Mental Health and Wellness Restorative Weekend
PARTICIPANT INPUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT RESTORATIVE WEEKEND
I was blessed to have been able to spend last weekend with a group of truly INCREDIBLE women. We participated in yoga nidra, made vision boards, had a writing workshop, we told our stories, we learned lessons from horses, we vented, we screamed, we busted watermelon, we laughed, we cried, we hugged, we supported and encouraged each other. The best part of all was that we formed a tribe. Thank you Bryan N Shawn Moore and Rachel Moyers for all of your hard work in making this happen. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of Caregivers On The Homefront's inaugural Mental Health and Wellness Restorative Weekend. I’m so blessed that each one of these women have become part of my journey!
I truly do not have the words to describe how wonderful this weekend was. Yes, it was mentally and emotionally challenging, but the tools I received and the renewed strength I have, were totally worth it. Some highlights of the weekend- I finally felt heard, finally felt like I truly am not alone, and it’s okay to be me and have the feelings and things I have/do. The absolute best part, I now have a TRIBE! I finally have a lovely, wonderful group of friends who understand, they get it, and though I may have only been with them a couple of days, I know I can get a hold of them to vent, talk, and/or ask for help. What an enormous blessing I was given. My thanks to Caregivers on the Homefront for existing and for blessing me this weekend. My thanks to God for putting them in my path. We can only go up from here.
Like many military caregivers, I struggle - logistically and emotionally - with finding the time and support for self-care. Last weekend, I had an opportunity to attend my first caregiver retreat. I almost didn’t go, but I headed to Kansas City and these women changed me. The mental work was exhausting but necessary. I’m incredibly grateful to Caregivers On The Homefront for the chance to learn more about myself and meet some strong women, all of whom I admire. Thank you to all of you. I’m here when you need me.
Attended a Mental Health and Wellness Restorative Weekend with Caregivers On The Homefront the past few days . Knew the organizers pretty well , was pretty excited to be able to get away for a few days. Little did I know what I actually got myself into. I am beyond impressed and so super proud of what Shawn, Rachel and Danielle successfully organized and accomplished with this event. I have discovered things about myself that have been long lost in the roller coaster of living with a Combat PTSD/TBI injured husband. I have laughed, cried, talked , listened, laughed some more, created, made a watermelon explode, tried to write/journal , saw a horse rolling in the dirt, had a horse nibble on my pony tail holder like my dog used to, learned some simple yoga techniques and bonded with 11 fellow members of this new tribe. A tribe of some extraordinary women who walk the very same path I do in this crazy post military/war life. Some I knew before the event , some I have never met before yet within a few hours, felt like I have known them all my life . Women that I don’t even have to say much about anything and they understand in ways many others cannot. This life has taken so many “left turns”, probably a few U turns . And hit some pretty huge potholes. But yet I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. Learned some skills that will alleviate some stressors and help propel me forward! A huge thank you to Caregivers on the Homefront and its sponsors for a powerful life changing weekend.
I’ve arrived back home in southern Illinois safely. This weekend was my first caregiver retreat! I was incredibly nervous and anxious because I did not know what to expect. I’d met Bryan N Shawn (Shawn) back in March along with Peggy at a workshop we did in KC, and I knew Corrine from writing conferences.
Caregivers on the Homefront's own Rachel Moyers Military Makeover!
Check out the latest episode on the Lifetime channel! Montel discusses Caregivers on the Homefront with Rachel and Shawn!
We're Traveling to Missouri to Meet the Moyerses!
Meet Military Makeover’s newest family: The Moyerses. Despite experiencing some of the happiest moments of his life from his time in the Air Force, Matt Moyers also carries seen and unseen wounds from his service.
Matt suffers from psychological ailments such as PTSD, depression, and insomnia. His physical injuries include severe back trauma—four herniated discs—a bicep that wasn’t properly reattached after surgery, and “the shoulder of a seventy-five-year-old man,” as one doctor put it.
If it weren’t for his wife Rachel and his children Jackson and Isabelle, he would not be here today.
The family’s Missouri home is dated, lacks in color and décor, and has some safety concerns. The kitchen needs a total overhaul, the living room coffee table is being held together by zip-ties, and the backyard is a hazard to the children. The family would love to improve Matt’s sleep situation, perhaps by updating his man cave in the basement, a place he uses as a retreat and workspace.
News & Notes
For those of us who are able to give more, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved in the community and help spread the holiday cheer this season.
“The best chance for a wounded warrior to recover and thrive is having a strong, well-supported caregiver” – 2014 RAND Report
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated healthcare system in the country, serving more than nine million enrolled veterans annually and VHA healthcare providers are committed to the highest quality of care for our veterans. According to recent surveys, over 25% of VHA enrollees reported needing the support of a caregiver. These caregivers, the spouses, parents, family members and friends of veterans take on a variety of tasks including bathing, feeding, dressing, managing medical appointments, monitoring for emotional triggers, and more. They must also often manage households and take on the role of primary breadwinner.
If you want to join in and celebrate National Write a Friend Month during this wonderful winter season, here are a couple writing ideas to get you started.
Kansas City, Missouri declares the month of September 2018 to be National Suicide Prevention Month. In order to bring light to this tragic issue.
Caregivers on the Homefront Inc. founder Shawn Moore speaks to the Kansas City, Missouri City Council about suicide prevention. "Are you suicidal, should be as easy to say as, how are you doing, in a conversation." -Shawn Moore