February 2015 was filled with travel.
I had one day between each trip to unpack, wash laundry, and repack before catching the next flight out.
We started the month with an Operation Heal Our Patriots reunion at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC. We reconnected with our friends from Week 7 along with OHOP staff members (thanks, Jean Claude for the delicious meals!) and attended sessions on marriage, TBI, and PTSD.
Read more about Operation Heal Our Patriots:
Video Reuniting Veterans
Military Couples Encouraged, Challenged During Reunion
The following week I flew to DC to participate in the Hidden Heroes Impact Forum for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation along with several other caregivers. The forum brought together members from public, private, and nonprofit organizations to address gaps in services for caregivers, identify the problems, and draft real solutions.
The interest shown by all participants was validating and reassuring. We shared our personal stories and led the discussions regarding our needs and pitfalls in current programs. We worked within our groups to develop viable strategies to start making solid improvements for the caregiver community.
Learn more about the Impact Forums here:
Time to Give Hidden Military Heroes Their Due
Leading Experts and Advocates to Collaborate on Critical Caregiving Issues Through Elizabeth Dole Foundation Impact Councils
Senator Elizabeth Dole Convenes Leading Experts and Advocates Around Critical Caregiving Issues
Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers
Elizabeth Dole Foundation
Dole Fellows L to R Melissa Johnson, Jennifer MackInday, Blair Hughes, Shannon Tuimaleali’fano, Virginia Peacock, Jessica Allen, Senator Elizabeth Dole, Melissa Comeau, Emery Popoloski
Panel Members L to R Melissa Johnson, Betty Easley, Blair Hughes, Virginia Peacock, and moderator Lynda Davis
Sean and I rounded out the month by attending Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities Couples Retreat in Snowmass, CO. Sean had the opportunity to ski with his friend and guide Jeff, and we met several new couples. Cole and I hung out around the lodge and caught up on some reading, writing, and napping. We always love our time in the Snowmass area!
Read more about Challenge Aspen and CAMO:
Sean, Jeff, and Cole
Sean and Jeff headed out for the afternoon