Hearts of ValorTM is a network of female caregivers
of wounded, ill or injured service members. Through empathy and
mutual understanding Operation Homefront created this community of
support for those whose lives are forever changed by the wounds of
war, seen and unseen. We offer the following benefits:
Throughout the year, we host retreats in cities around the United States. There is no cost to attend and it's an opportunity to come together and gain additional tools for successful care-giving. Additionally, those who attend spend time sharing stories, networking and connecting to other caregivers in their area.
New members receive a care package that contains items that not only help welcome them to the program, but also communicates one of the program's basic tenets; self-care is essential to caring for others.
Peer-facilitated support groups are hosted in several locations around the United States. The support groups are not led by professionals or certified experts instead they are led by volunteer caregivers willing to serve as facilitators. The goal of every group is to improve the lives of the individual, who are caring for wounded warriors.
Our virtual community features an online discussion forum that is private and protected. Here members can ask any question, share struggles, successes and encourage each other in their unique roles. One caregiver recently wrote, "It's nice to know that we're not crazy and not alone." Caregivers frequently comment that "it is always great to talk with other wives that have even an inkling of an idea of what I go through daily!" The forum can be accessed anywhere there is internet access.
We host an online blog at www.wifeofawoundedsoldier.com and it contains the joys and achievements of Cheryl Gansner, the caregiver of a wounded warrior.
Our Facebook site can be found at www.facebook.com/heartsofvalor and here we post current events, contests and success stories.
Newsletters are sent out monthly by way of email and contain new caregiver information, upcoming events, contests, and success stories.
All members must meet the following criteria:
- A female caregiver of a wounded, ill or injured service member.
- The service members wound, illness or injury occurred after 9/11/2001.
- The female caregiver has supporting documents of the wound and/or injury.
For our purposes the definition of service member is a wounded,
ill, or injured service member of any status (e.g., active,
reserve, guard, or retired) and of any branch of military