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Melissa J.

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Review for Operation Homefront, Inc, San Antonio, TX, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I was truly blessed when I was able to attend a caregiver retreat with the Hearts of Valor. But, at that time it was known as Wounded Warrior Wives.

After attending the first caregiver in retreat in El Paso, TX it improved my mental status. I wasn't in the dark well I had already been there, but was swimming my way out of the water I suppose. This caregiver retreat wasn't a go the to an amusement park, or a lodge, or getting a massage. It was much more than that. I was a knowledge base retreat, educational, and an eye opening experience.

I learned the difference between TBI and PTSD and the two specific signs to know the difference of the two. I only wished our VAs would listen to it. The re-enacting of roles that we face daily was a shocker, even for high ranking service members. The counselors that we available to us, were tremendous and knew exactly to say, when to say and how to say it.

I wish the sponsorship of Tri West had not ended to offer more support for others so they too will know they are not alone.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be available in areas that are not bases or hospitals so they could benefit from the pack back giveaways or the Christmas Holiday stuff they do. Not to reject applications that are for regular retired or served in Iraq 2005. Don't ya think they have PTSD or TBi too, but not found only later. Contact members yearly to see if they still need services from the organization if not remove them.

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Very Well

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Role:  Volunteer

Thanks so much for sharing your experience about our retreat in El Paso. Very few can comprehend the challenges of a caregiver. We're glad you could join us to get support and connect with a great group of women who understand exactly where you're coming from.


Review for Military Warriors Support Foundation, San Antonio, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

There are several organizations that award homes to clients. But, none can compare to MWSF. Along, with our 100% mortgage free, we received a family mentor and/or financial mentor. With the use of their tools come a new benefit in our lives. A life changing event.

There are so many people out there that have no clue how to handle their finances, and are in debt up to their ears and live paycheck to paycheck. Then we have the veterans who have difficulty with money either via PTSD or TBI, by having a spending plan, and receiving the education from the financial mentor, having a family budget helps because it is something that become consistent, you can see where your money going and where to make changes to save more money. We also take financial courses via Wells Fargo.

We have been in the program now for a little over a year and half and we only owe for our new truck we recently purchased that we are able to pay off in under a year. Imagine a 20,000.00 vehicle and you can pay it off in a year? In previous years we were never able to do it that quick. We have numerous accounts, even one for house that gets paid every month, which will enable us to pay living bills, like gas, water, electric, cell phones, cable and internet, home owners and vehicle insurance once a year. Now, I ask you this question. Can you do it? If the answer is no, and you live paycheck to paycheck and tired of moving around or living with family. I encourage you to take the step in applying for home with this organization.

Its not just any ole house either. It is our home, a place to lie our heads, say our prayers and close our eyes to awake refreshed and a lot more less stress in our lives. It had changed our characters, our mindsets, and our dreams, by having purposeful goals written on a goal sheet, it is great to accomplish the feeling that you have you got to accomplish a dream or a goal. Its exhilarating. Not mention its worth value on the latest tax bill is 160,000.00

The other organizations, they don't have that. The mentoring program.
As for the family about the forms...I have never heard of the statements you were making. A dd214 will list your campaign awards, that sir will let you know that served in combat. I am a spouse and know that. There are two types of DD214 the short one or the long one, which short one is the edited form and long one is the unedited one, which has more information on the bottom of the form. The National Personnel Records Center are the ones who issues lost, destroyed or stolen DD214. They are mailed from Military personnel records center. Yes, a DD215 do exists, they are used to correct errors or for adding to the existing DD214. Its distributed in the same manner. My husband has a DD215 not a DD214 because their was addition to the medals he received once he retired in 2009. As for the other forms, we were never mentioned to them. We just sent our DD215, VA Award letters and signed forms they requested from us.

It was an easy thing to do and can be handled via email and sent back to them. It was the easiest transition for us than anything we ever done in the military, we lived both off and on bases, we even purchased a home, this was way easier than any of that.

So, I like to challenge others if they are seeking a life changing event in their lives, they will receive positive ones in this program. I can tell you now...there is nothing like sitting at home and everything you need, or wanted even, taking vacations you thought you never could, having money I mean money in your savings accounts and best of all, you can interact with other home recipients and gain insight into other things, gain a network of people all over our Nation. What more can you ask for. Take the step. Change your life. I dare you.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

For the families that are following the program and working diligently with their goals, savings, spending plans and budgets, showing they can pay their bills and having responsibility. I would suggest shortening their time in the program.

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Role:  Client Served