Operation Homefront, Inc
March 27, 2011
My husband returned home from Afghanistan a quadriplegic. Though I was trained to care for his physical needs, I had no idea what was in store for me in dealing with the psychological and emotional trauma resulting from his physical dibilitation. We had 3 children (the youngest born while he was deployed), all under 7 years old. I was so shell-shocked & focused on the technical aspects of our lives - finances, career prospects, home/vehicle modifications, etc - that I was completely blind-sided by the intimate issues that confronted our relationship because of his new fears & insecurities. Operation Homefront helped me connect with other wives of wounded warriors, so that I could vent, ask advice, seek resources & government policy information - basically recognize that I was not as alone as I always felt being confined to my home with my husband's needs and frustrations.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
When things got really bad and I felt at the end of my rope with the confusion and frustration and anger and helplessness, Operation Homefront sent me to a wounded warrior wives retreat that was informational, educational, and psychotherapeutic. It was powerful and healing at the same time. I learned so many things about why my husband was acting the way he was & what I could do to defuse situations that might escalate into trouble - they helped me so that I can better help my soldier, my love, & my hero.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would make the programs OH supports available in every state so that those who attend could be a local life-line to each other after connecting in such a powerful & supportive way.
Client Served & I connected with other wounded warrior wives in the online forum.