Empowering Caregivers

Expanded Access to Training for Caregivers

Coalition Members:

Easter Seals Dixon Center                                                                                                     Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
National Alliance for Caregiving
Family Caregiver Alliance
Caregiver Action Network
Atlas Research
USO

This innovative collaboration organized by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation across several prominent organizations will provide countless caregivers expanded access to valuable training. A series of bi-monthly online educational seminars will provide educational support for military and veteran caregivers. Topics will focus on gaps as identified in the Elizabeth Dole Foundation RAND Study, including employment, accessing legal and financial resources, and other issues of critical importance to caregivers. These training sessions will engage thousands of caregivers reaching beyond those who are already connected with the VA Caregiver Support Program. Partner organizations will conduct rigorous outreach to register military and veteran caregivers – as well as other interested stakeholders – who may benefit from the information and training. Training sessions will also be available online 24/7 for those who are unable to make the live sessions due to their caregiving duties at home.

 

Military and Veteran Caregiver Peer Support Network

Coalition Members:

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
American Legion Auxiliary
Caregivers Action Network
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Blue Star Families
Wounded Warrior Project
Military Officers Association of America
Association of the United States Army
National Military Family Association
National Guard Association of the United States

Using the highly successful peer support model of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) a partnership of Military Service Organizations, Veteran Support Organizations, non-profit, and faith-based organizations commit to training 10 master trainers, 50 trainers and 10,000 peer mentors in the next year to reach 50,000 caregivers using one-on-one peer

mentoring, online peer communities and community-based peer support groups. This commitment will address social isolation, increase caregiver knowledge and use of information and services through existing programs such as the VA Caregiver Helpline, recovery care programs and the National Resource Directory.

 

Creating Jobs for Military and Veteran Caregivers

Coalition Members:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its Foundation have made a significant commitment to military caregivers. The organization’s successful Hiring Our Heroes program will leverage its experience to assist caregivers as they search for meaningful employment opportunities. Not only will Hiring Our Heroes introduce caregivers to a myriad of virtual tools, it will expand its current job fair program to focus on caregivers in areas near military treatment facilities. Recognizing that many military caregivers have limited flexibility, Hiring Our Heroes will also incorporate caregivers into an innovative virtual job fair program that it is unveiling that will help caregivers find meaningful employment. Additionally, the Chamber will host a major summit for the business community in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation in September 2014 to promote employment and workforce friendly environments for military caregivers.

 

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