This November, YRF Highlighting Service Members and Caregivers' Stories

This November, in honor of Veterans Day on the 11th, Yellow Ribbon Fund is sharing stories of some of the wounded, ill, and injured service members and caregivers we serve.


"January 2003 changed my life forever. I was stationed in Okinawa Japan with my then active-duty husband. During a routine reenlistment physical he was diagnosed with a progressive disease that was causing nerve damage and severe vision loss. The medical doctors on the island had determined the nerve damage was so significant a specialist and immediate surgery was needed to try and slow down the disease. The loss was so progressive and irreversible. There was no medical facility on the island that could treat the condition. In a matter of 48 hours my husband, our 3-year-old, our 1-year-old and I were immediately medevaced on emergency flight. This is when my caregiver abilities became known. The doctors stated that his disease was permanent and he could not return overseas, more surgery was needed to slow down the disease. My husband is now legally blind. When I think about the Yellow Ribbon Fund, I reflect on the servicemembers that were going through similar situations, with limited resources. The financial burden took a toll on many families. In my opinion, the Yellow Ribbon Fund is an invaluable organization. As a caregiver, dealing with day-to-day obstacles, YRF allows some normalcy. Being able to communicate with fellow caregivers, YRF provides compassion and many resources to help caregivers get through the day. I have no worries, I can relax and breathe." 


-Shanitra Ridley, Veteran Caregiver
 

Posted by Kate on 11/1/2017 11:46:26 AM