Relationships After Deployment

Mar 31st, 2017 Couples Goodson 4 min read

How is your relationship after your loved one returned from war? Is your loved one the same person as before they left? Are YOU the same person since their return from deployment? I have to be honest…My husband and I enjoyed so much before he left for Afghanistan; however, now things are different. Before he left for war, we used to love going out to…

My experiences with yoga …

Mar 22nd, 2017 Caregiver, Self Care Goodson 2 min read

My days, months, and years as a caregiver to my husband have included many challenges in discovering who I am. For instance, I need to include physical activity in my day in order to maintain health, overall wellness and well-being. What about the days when I need respite, recreation, or rest? My days of ignoring my need for mental relaxation have recently come to a screeching halt….

Work-From-Home Jobs

Feb 20th, 2017 Couples Goodson 1 min read

Many work-from-home opportunities are surfacing. For some caregivers, work-from-home employment opportunities serve as the best option for contributing income to the home. In my blog post, Self Care Plan-Part 2, I give tips on best ways to practice remote work from a home office. If any of you wish to also add to these suggestions, feel free to add your comments to this post.  Some work-from-home opportunities…

MVCN: VALUABLE Resource For Military Caregivers

Feb 4th, 2017 Resources Goodson 3 min read

  This is a guest post by Melissa Comeau, Director of IT Systems and Online Community at the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).What is MVCN? The MVCN is run by and for military and veteran caregivers. The mission of the MVCN (together with our partners) is to provide our nation’s pre- and post-9/11-era military and veteran…

Respite for Caregivers

Jan 14th, 2017 Caregiver, Self Care Goodson 1 min read

  I am thankful for the nonprofits that have offered me and many others who care for their loved ones numerous free resources on much needed opportunities for respite. Among these wonderful opportunities are retreats for caregivers of veterans or service members. I’ve had the privilege of attending a few of these and have found them to be deeply rejuvenating, inspiring, and restorative when I…

FREE Self-Care Resource in 2017!

Dec 31st, 2016 Caregiver, Self Care Goodson 1 min read

At the close of 2016, I would like to provide an amazing resource that can be beneficial to military caregivers in 2017. Give An Hour is an organization that offers free counseling to those affected by war. Give An Hour provides easy access to skilled professionals for  veterans, service members, and their families.  New Year Resolution Military Caregivers — in 2017 let us commit to reach out…

Christmas Is Here: Are You Ready?

Dec 23rd, 2016 Military Caregiver Experiences Goodson 2 min read

  To all of those caring for loved ones this season: I hope that this season is a time of fun, relief, and respite for you! HAVE A VERY, MERRY CHRISTMAS! The season of giving is here. It is an exciting time of year! As a caregiver, I should probably share in the excitement that this season brings … but what I really feel is…

Why I Am Thankful for Other Military Caregivers

Nov 18th, 2016 Advocacy for Caregivers Goodson 3 min read

As a military caregiver for my husband for over 6 years, I have gotten to know many other military caregivers through my advocacy work as a Caregiver Dole Fellow, my contributions to the online community team of Military Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) on behalf of military caregivers, and other activities related to caregiving across the US. I have come to deeply value these caregivers as colleagues…

2016 Invictus Games, Orlando,FL

Nov 16th, 2016 Advocacy Goodson 5 min read

  May 8–May 9, 2016 I experienced moments that will stay with me throughout my entire lifetime. Honored as part of the Presidential Delegation at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, I had a chance to attend the Opening Ceremony as well as some of the Games! The 2016 Presidential Delegation consisted of me, along with four others who have made significant contributions to the…

Self-Care Plan (Part 3)

Nov 4th, 2016 Self Care Goodson 6 min read

Girlfriend Days with Non-Military Girlfriends…Exercise, Exercise, Exercise…Water Aerobics…   In an earlier post, Self Care Plan-Part 2, I give more suggestions for self care.  Thank you! I have heard from you and taken note of the great ways you practice self-care! I appreciate your comments on Facebook and to my blog:)  In addition to your great ideas, a few additional resources are provided below … Take frequent…

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