Many believe our heroes are those fighting on the front line for a country that long stands to prosper and in turn adhere to our tradition of the “Land of the free, and home of the brave.”
However, in the line of duty these men and women’s heroism are put to the test. Their valor comes at the price of death, and for those few that are able to live to see another day, these individuals struggle with effects from a lifetime of war.
Those heroes who live to see another day face a great challenge, a challenge so difficult it could make the wounded warrior seem as if they were back on the “front line.”
What is this challenge? It is the “will to live;” to battle the scars from war.
Yet during this new challenge wounded warriors has a different unit watching their backs…it is their families and those who support them.
We often remember our fallen service members and veterans, what we often forget, are their caregivers.
Cooperative Extension–Supporting our military family caregivers
When a new initiative is introduced in the caring of Soldier and Families, Extension staff, working together with their military partners, meet the challenge to provide quality programs, activities and resources to assist the Soldier and Family in whatever they require.
With an array of online resources for caregivers, it can be difficult at times to find resources at is relates to military caregiving and military medical conditions.
With the help of Cooperative Extension, our Military-Extension partnership in particular, we are able to bring some of those resources to one location.
Our military family caregiving initiative first began when Texas AgriLife Extension Service was charged with the task of providing educational programs, online resources and caregiving skills through the use of Military Families Learning Network for military caregivers.
The materials for military family caregiving focus on loved ones (spouse, mom, dad, brother, sister, friend, partner, etc.) caring for a very seriously injured (VSI) or seriously injured (SI) service members.
The medical conditions we are currently working on pertain to wounded warriors with post-traumatic stress disorder, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, loss of limb, and loss of vision.
Each topical article will offer a brief overview of the topic, what the military caregiver can expect from the condition of his/her wounded warrior, tips to reduce the caregiver burden, and resources to find more information.