One Family, One Veteran, Two Heroes
According to the point of view of numerous veterans, their tactical help is just an obligation. They were doing their work. They don't examine the mirror and see a saint. At the point when injured Air Force sergeant Tom Marcum got back from Iraq, he was his family's saint consistently. In any case, his significant other April would before long move forward to be the second saint in the Marcum family.
Tom's wounds were broad, and the effect on April and their two children was colossal. In two years, Tom persevered through four separate mortar blasts. He confronted an awful cerebrum injury (TBI), hearing misfortune, vision issues and post-awful pressure problem (PTSD).
April confronted an entirely different reality. Her days were a whirlwind of regular checkups, treatment and home medical services, also raising two young men. For quite a long time straight, she was the sole medical caretaker, driver, house cleaner and mother to three. She needed to get to know her significant other - a companion since primary school - once more.
"I missed the assistance my significant other gave me with the children and tasks," says April. "Also some an ideal opportunity to myself. I prefer not to concede this, however I think I was near a limit in my own enthusiastic wellbeing."
Because of Tom's cerebrum injury, he wasn't a similar man whom April wedded. He encountered behaviorial changes, temperament swings and cognitive decline that he was unable to control. In spite of the persistence of her adoration for him, April was approaching her limit - until she got a call from Wounded Warrior Project.
April went to a Spouse Retreat facilitated by WWP, where she had the option to meet others in circumstances like hers.
"I made a few profound, passionate associations with a few ladies," April says. "It was the perfect thing at the perfect time. I returned home prepared to get once more into the battle once more. I was recharged and glad when I got back home."
Both Tom and his children, Gabe and Jared, saw a positive change in their mother after the retreat. Gradually, the family sew itself back together through affection, humor and wild commitment.
As Tom says, "Family is our life saver."
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