Military Friendship Stories

Tina Caviness, Director of CompeerCORPS:

“I have a family that truly is a success story. When I met Christine she told me her relationship is falling apart.”

Christine didn’t even know if they were going to make it. With a small child together at home she tried everything, she did some research and came across Operation Family Caregiver. We talked on the phone and set a time and date to meet. We went out to dinner and met for the first time to talk about the program and how to get enrolled. Christine felt like a ton of bricks were lifted of her shoulders just by venting and talking with the OFC coach. We were able to come up with some problem solving skills like taking walks. One of the things she talked about was that her and her veteran always used to take walks together as a family. We talked for awhile and she was able to identify that this would help her and her family.  Christine also identified she needed to take care of herself and had to make sure she set some time to herself so she could relax and distress for the day.

I was also able to give Christine some resources to help strengthen the family unit.  She was able to connect with other caregivers in the area hosted by Operation Family Caregiver to gain extra support. When Christine completed the program her and her veteran told me that OFC saved their relationship. They’re engaged and are planning their wedding.


Sara’s Story:

“Despite her own circumstances, she gives me hope in a world that seems hopeless at times and I can tell it’s like a little ray of light being shined over her every time we see one another.”

“I wasn’t sure what bond beyond military service could connect us but my ‘friend’ and I seem to understand one another in an unparalleled way. Despite her own circumstances, she gives me hope in a world that seems hopeless at times and I can tell it’s like a little ray of light being shined over her every time we see one another.”