There are all kinds of heroes. Obvious ones, like those who provide our first defense when our life or liberty is at risk, protect the public, fight fires, perform rescues and help us survive, even in the darkest of times like war or natural disaster. But there are others, quieter and hidden, courageously providing care for our wounded service members and Veterans. These support providers deliver an invaluable amount of essential care and services. They are often the unsung heroes when a serviceperson is sick or injured.
The need for military caregiver support is crucial and thankfully, a growing number of programs provide caregiver-focused resources can assist with the demands caregiving involves.
Various nonprofits and the Defense Department provide caregiver resources that foster connections, provide non-medical counseling, give advice and help caregivers find respite care. Also, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shares local level support for the military caregiver. A comprehensive list of support offerings can be found here. link opens in a new window
Providing care for a military Veteran helps our service members go on to live better lives, but it can be incredibly challenging. If you or someone you know is caring for military loved one, it’s crucial to seek out the support of existing programs. Ensuring caregiver health, both mental and physical, allows them continue to meet the demands of military caregiving.
Key Facts and Statistics from the RAND Military Caregivers Study http://www.rand.org/pubs/presentations/PT124.html.link opens in a new window
Hidden Heroes America’s Military Caregivers—Executive Summary http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR499z1.html.link opens in a new window