Elizabeth Dole Fellows Program
Senator Dole was inspired to launch the Elizabeth Dole Fellows Program as the heart of the Foundation’s work after hearing from hundreds of caregivers across the country that they were not being given an opportunity to voice their challenges and needs. The mission of the Elizabeth Dole Fellow program is to engage active military and veteran caregivers directly in the Foundation’s initiatives, allowing them an opportunity to advise our programs and play a leading role in raising awareness for the needs of caregivers throughout the nation.
The Foundation selected an initial class of 20 military and veteran caregivers in 2012. Now in its fourth year, the Fellows program includes a diverse set of caregivers from nearly all fifty states and Puerto Rico who are tending to the multiple injuries and illnesses—physical and emotional—that affect America’s wounded warriors.
Elizabeth Dole Fellows’ support of the Foundation includes:
- Serving as ambassadors for the Foundation and the caregiving cause through attending meetings, events, and media appearances with the Dole Foundation and, on occasion, Dole Foundation partners to represent and advocate for resources on behalf of military and veteran family caregivers
- Serving as advocates for the Foundation and participating in online/social media to encourage and empower other caregivers to share their own stories
- Advising the Foundation on how to connect with our nation’s caregivers, and share information about the Foundation with their own networks to engage countless more caregivers and strengthen relationships within the military and veteran caregiver community
- Participating in Foundation events and representing the Foundation at conferences, meetings and observances across the nation
- Assisting in selecting grantees for the Foundation’s annual Innovation Grants Program
- Advising the Foundation’s seven Impact Councils
- Serving as lead participants in the Foundation’s efforts to lay the groundwork for a national response to caregivers’ challenges as identified by the Foundation’s RAND study
The Dole Fellow program is possible with the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations and partners.
Profile of a Dole Fellow: Kevin Polosky
Quiet and stoic, to see Major Kevin Polosky, one would never know the depth of responsibility he carries. By day, he is the Global Supply Manager in the J4 (supply and logistics) department on the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. Before and after work, however, he is caregiver to his wife, Major Christina Polosky, and their five children, ranging in age from six to 12.
Click here to listen to Kevin’s story.
Profile of a Caregiver: Betty Easley
Betty Easley has a calm presence and a warm smile, belying all that she has been through since 2003 when her husband, Army Specialist Greg Easley was injured. In 2003 during a 15-month Deployment to Iraq, an improvised explosive device (IED) flipped the truck Greg was driving. He suffered burns on his leg and was knocked unconscious. He awoke with terrible headaches, neck and back pain. Doctors removed shrapnel from his legs. After a few days of bed rest, he was returned to duty, crisscrossing the dangerous Iraqi highways at the wheel of an Army truck. At the end of his tour, he was home for just four months before he returned to the war zone for another year.
Click here to listen to Betty’s story.