May 30 is Memorial Day, the day we honor those who have fallen and sacrificed their lives on the altar of American freedom. Although this is a day to recognize those we have lost, we feel it is also a day to honor our nation’s veterans, military families and the family caregivers of veterans.
Currently, 10 million Americans are family caregivers to a veteran and among them, 7 million are veterans themselves. Whether it is a physical disability, paraplegia or quadriplegia, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the wounds of our veterans are being cared for by their spouses, their parents, their siblings and other family members.
Our CEO Sherri Snelling was involved in a landmark study conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the UnitedHealth Foundation called Homefront Heroes – The Caregivers of Veterans. Since then, Sherri has been a passionate advocate for caregivers of veterans. Here are some of her interviews and articles on caregivers and veterans:
Caregivers caring for those with PTSD and TBI (originally published on Huffington Post)
Libby Hewes- A Veteran’s Caregiver Goes from Newlywed to Nurse (originally published on Caring.com)
Rosalinda & Alain Babin – Boomer Parents Proud of Wounded Warrior Son (originally published on Caring.com)
Boomer Parents Caring for a Veteran Son with TBI (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)
Veteran’s Caregivers 2013 (originally published in the Examiner)