War on the Home Front and Caring for the Home Front
Throughout history, protecting the home front has been a priority for people around the world during times of war. This is also true in the United States, where several significant wars have been fought. The bloodiest of these wars was the Civil War, which pitted the Union against the Confederate slave states of the South. Taking place from 1861 to 1865, it was the result of several factors, the most important and divisive of which was slavery. By the end of the Civil War, many homes and families were forever changed. The end of the Civil War came with not only a Union victory but changes that reshaped the face of the country.
The Civil War and other wars fought in the U.S. are not the only ones that affected the lives of American homeowners and their families. From World War I to more current military campaigns, soldiers have been and continue to be deployed to foreign shores and away from their loved ones and homes for what can be years. Although more recent wars do not directly threaten one's home in America, they do have an indirect impact. Homes may fall into a state of disrepair, or mortgage payments may be missed. Families may fall apart under the strain of one or more family members' absence. Soldiers themselves may miss home and family so much that they suffer from loneliness, depression, and poor morale. When it comes to the latter, troops can receive letters and care packages from loved ones, friends, and even strangers that can help. Care packages from home are packages filled with items that a person personally requests or that are sent at random based off of a list of common needs and wants. This may include practical goods such as socks or toiletries, food items such as chewing gum or pretzels, or entertainment items such as books or board games.
When it comes to caring for the home, people who are being deployed must make arrangements to ensure that it is properly cared for. If married, the maintenance of one's home naturally falls into the hands of their spouse, but it can be more complicated for individuals who live alone. When possible, family members or friends can be relied on to maintain one's home and ensure that any repairs or concerns are handled in a timely fashion. Some may rent out their homes while they are away to prevent them from sitting empty and to ensure that mortgage payments are being made. Routine maintenance of the property may also be arranged in advance.
Care Packages for Vets
Home Owner Resources