Do you know anyone who is among our nation’s 5.5 million hidden heroes, those who care for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans? The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2018 class of Dole Caregiver Fellows. The program provides military and veteran caregivers with the opportunity to advise national leaders through the Foundation’s network of public, private, and nonprofit organizations. The Fellows are the heart and soul of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, serving as advocates and ambassadors for their peers and elevating the nation’s awareness of the contributions and struggles of those caring for someone who has served.
Those wishing to apply for the Dole Caregiver Fellowship can find a link to the application on the Foundation’s homepage, elizabethdolefoundation.org, or access it directly here. The application deadline is September 22, 2017.
The foundation is currently seeking applicants from the following states:
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
Since the inaugural class in 2012, the Dole Caregiver Fellows have presented in front of Congress, participated in landmark caregiver studies, provided feedback directly to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the White House, guided councils of experts developing new caregiver resources, served as supportive and knowledgeable peers in their local communities and nationwide, and shared their stories through hundreds of media interviews.
This past year the 2016 and 2017 Classes of Dole Caregiver Fellows met with their legislative representatives on Capitol Hill, advocated for improvement and expansion of the Department of Veteran Affairs’ caregiver programs, participated in the first ever congressional hearing for military caregivers, and assisted their local communities through the Hidden Heroes Cities program – working to help recruit over 100 cities to join.
Please share the 2018 Fellows Application with your networks on social media using the hashtag #HiddenHeroes and our handle, @DoleFoundation, or directly with the caregivers you know.
If you have questions or would like to request more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for helping ensure our hidden heroes are well represented on the national stage.