Giving a "Voice" to the military familes left behind during deployment.
When soldiers are deployed, families are often left with struggles that fall below the line and help is needed. Families can endure much when it comes to having their soldier gone – sometimes up to 18 months. Most military funding is dedicated to the soldier and not as much to the family, so Homefront Warrior is there to start where the government stops, in order to help Blue Star families every day.
Money has been used to form support groups for local families having a hard time dealing with separation, for providing meals, to pay for car and home repairs, etc. Over 800 families have been helped in the past 18 months, but the need is greater.
This initiative all began when Chantel Olson ended up in this exact situation herself while her husband became deployed for 18 months to Baghdad. She worked 2 jobs and had 2 little ones at home and soon realized a need. Chantel did the best she could to be strong for everyone else in her family. After he returned, she wrote a book in 2016 which went to International Best Seller in 2017. "The soldier's story is the one that we almost always hear, but rarely hear of the family that is left behind to keep those home fires burning." Chantel began Homefront Warrior in order to help others, just like her.
Here's what some reciepients had to say:
"Your organization is wonderful! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do!”
“May God bless you for all you do! I was about ready to throw in the towel until I read your book then I knew I had to go listen to you speak. You are an amazing soul! Nobody understands our side of things but you do. Thank you for being our voice!”
“Thank you Homefront Warriors for stepping in and helping us through our struggles. When my husband went overseas we took a loss in pay and I really wasn’t sure how I was going to make it through deployment and then the garbage disposal broke, the car had issues and I was a total loss as to where to turn. Then I heard about this awesome organization called Homefront Warriors. You helped me and my family when we had no where to turn. Thank you so much!”
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