When Senator Bob Dole was recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Senator Elizabeth Dole experienced firsthand the tremendous challenges facing the loved ones caring for our military veterans.
In response, she established the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and as a first step, commissioned the RAND Corporation to develop the first comprehensive, evidence-based national study of military and veteran caregivers. This two-year study examined the needs of these caregivers, as well as gaps in services and recommendations for filling those gaps. The study revealed a societal crisis requiring a national response.
The Foundation has recently released a follow-up study to provide a military caregiver research blueprint. This blueprint serves as a guide for the military caregiver support community to use in prioritizing and facilitating future research for America’s hidden heroes. Links to both studies are provided below.
The problem military caregivers face is two-fold: First, they do not necessarily think of themselves as caregivers and, in turn, feel uncomfortable asking for help. This makes them difficult to identify. Second, very few services and helpful resources serve military caregivers, specifically.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation wants to address these problems by providing a continuum of care to military caregivers. We are committed to using evidence-based research to identify and address the most pressing issues military and veteran caregivers face across the nation.