Caregiver Support: Are You a Member of a Support Group?

May 1st, 2018 Couples Goodson 3 min read

It is in the midst of difficulties that self-care is more important than ever. It has been a very difficult time for me these past two months. And so, what happens when, in the midst of caring for your wounded veteran or service member, another curve ball is thrown your way? A loved one who has been a major support system dies? Or a very…

New Beginnings … Our Story

Apr 16th, 2016 Couples Goodson 8 min read

It was 6:00 on a Saturday evening. The phone rang. My husband was on the other end. He excitedly said, “Honey I made sergeant!” Wow, I thought…such great news! He went on…”and my new unit is deploying to Afghanistan.” I felt my eyebrows rise on their own; I wondered what in the world did that mean?? After all, since our marriage in 2000, my husband…

Harry the Service Dog

Dec 3rd, 2018 Service, Therapy Dog Goodson 3 min read

We have a new addition to our home – Harry, a service dog to Lenny, my husband. Early in my blog posts, I introduced my readers to Duncan, my husband’s first service dog. In post, I explained Duncan’s place in our family. Duncan always carried out his duties as a service dog very well. Duncan’s service dog duties included: Distracting my husband away from crowds,…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22nd, 2018 Couples Goodson 1 min read

Remembering the Blessings of Today As we remember the many blessings on this Thanksgiving Day… I also think of those who are no longer here to celebrate this special day. Many loved ones left for war and never made it  home. People and things come and go. As things change in my life, I must remember to maintain an attitude of gratitude. On this Thanksgiving Day…

Happy Veterans Day!!

Nov 10th, 2018 Resources Goodson 1 min read

Do you know why we celebrate Veterans Day? The U.S. Department of Defense explains the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Unlike Memorial Day when we honor those who died serving our country, Veterans Day is when we celebrate all who have served. Many military couples – including me – actually married on this special day (another interesting fact).  So many military couples get to celebrate Veterans…

7 Preparations to Get You Through a Natural Disaster

Nov 5th, 2018 Resources Goodson 5 min read

This blog will offer tips on how to prepare for natural disasters and steps to take afterward. Bradley Davis of  Disaster Web has offered to write this article to readers. In light of the recent disasters, these practical tips may help you or your loved ones. Please share! No matter where you live, your environment is prone to natural disasters and bad weather. There’s no immunity…

Remembering Those Who Served

May 26th, 2018 Community Support Goodson 1 min read

On Friday May 25, neighbors installed white wooden crosses in the median of the main road through the neighborhood. Each cross has the name of a fallen soldier and is topped with an American flag. There are 28 crosses all together and they will remain in place throughout the holiday weekend. – J. Petrino, Resident. Newnan. Georgia On today, my husband and I strolled through…

Working Wellness into Your Day as a Caregiver

Mar 24th, 2018 Caregiver, Couples, Self Care Goodson 5 min read

This blog is written by guest writer Beverly Nelson who gives self-care and wellness tips and suggestions to caregivers.   When you’re caring for a war veteran, finding time to tend to your own needs can be a daunting challenge. This doesn’t get easier as time goes by. In fact, as you and your loved one age, you may find yourself approaching caregiver burnout instead of…

Military Caregiver 2018 Self-Care Challenge: Part Two

Feb 9th, 2018 Self Care Goodson 5 min read

As promised, the following covers the last several self-care activities I mentioned in Part one of my Military Caregiver 2018 Self-Care Challenge. I’m hoping I can implement these successfully on a regular basis this year to help ensure my optimal physical, mental, and emotional/spiritual well-being. I also hope this overview will help serve as a guide to you as you start into the New Year—…

Military Caregiver 2018 Self-Care Challenge — Part One

Feb 1st, 2018 Couples Goodson 10 min read

Happy New Year to you all! I hope your Holiday season was wonderful and festive, even though holidays tend to be stressful!  I’m checking in to see how you’ve started off the New Year and to see if you’ve managed to find time for self-care so far—a critical consideration in order to stay healthy and to be able to continue your responsibilities as a caregiver,…

Happy Holidays!

Dec 25th, 2017 Couples Goodson 1 min read

Wishing You and Yours a Very Merry Christmas_ Happy Holidays & A Prosperous New Year!   XOXO ~ Precious Goodson @WarChangesLives It’s only fair to share…

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