Home/Front: A Combat Veteran's Caregiver Tells Her Story : Rough Translation Alicia Lammers takes on the twin roles of wife and caregiver to her veteran husband. What happens when your husband becomes your official duty? Part 2 of the story of Matt and Alicia Lammers. You can find Part 1, Battle Rattle, here.
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Alicia and Matt Lammers walk outside of their home in Deming, New Mexico. Bree Lamb hide caption

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Alicia and Matt Lammers walk outside of their home in Deming, New Mexico.

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This is Part 2 of the story of Alicia and Matt Lammers. You can find Part 1, Battle Rattle, here.

After their marriage, Alicia became Matt's official caregiver, supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs. With a stipend from the VA, Alicia was able to quit her full time job and focus entirely on Matt's recovery. Alicia felt that the role suited her and Matt — she found the work fulfilling and Matt trusted her.

Over time, Matt's deteriorating mental health threatened to destroy their marriage. What happens when you see a pattern in your partner's behavior, but telling anyone about it is a betrayal? Part 2 of the story of Matt and Alicia Lammers.


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