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  • Although caregiving can be rewarding, it can also be challenging and stressful.  Caregivers can find ways to manage caregiver stress. 

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  • The Caregiving Chapter from the book 'Everyone Serves' provides a detailed guide, encouragement and support for caregivers of service members and veterans.

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  • Families and friends of returning service members provide the majority of support for both physical and emotional wounds.The information in the following articles will help to provide supports and help make the reintegration experience as healthy and rewarding as possible.

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  • The Department of Veterans Affairs recently completed a media campaign for its call center “Coaching Into Care,” a telephone service which provides assistance to family members and friends trying to encourage their Veteran to seek health care for possible readjustment and mental health issues.

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  • Dreams for Veterans acknowledges veterans and honors their service by fulfilling their final Dream, providing them, their families and caregivers inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life.

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  • When an emergency strikes being prepared can make the difference safety and tragedy. Planning for what you CAN control, allows you to better manage crises when they occur.

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  • Military caregivers, our nation’s Hidden Heroes, take on a monumental task when their soldier returns from war with injuries that require constant care.

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  • Caregiving takes on a different role for each person involved; however, each caregiver experiences stress at one point or another. In the article below Dailycaring.com has put together the five best mobile apps for caregiver stress relief.

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  • The Fisher House Foundation provides "a home away from home" for military and veterans' families of patients receiving care at major military and VA medical centers. Read more about this initiative.

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  • Governor Terry McAuliffe today proposed a legislative package for the 2017 General Assembly session designed to ensure that returning service members and their families are provided every opportunity for success when they settle in the Commonwealth. The package includes initiatives created to encourage entrepreneurship among former service members and legislation that will streamline cooperation between civilian and military agencies to better respond to cases of child neglect. Additionally, following the JLARC report’s recommendations, the Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program will undergo comprehensive reforms so that it may better serve our men and women in uniform.

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  • This fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reviews the physical and mental changes that are commonly occur with people diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia.

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  • What is a military and veteran caregiver? What do they look like? Military and veteran caregivers are anyone who is caring for the needs of their Wounded Warrior. These caregivers are wives, husbands, parents, friends, or even children.

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  • April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.

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  • For military caregivers out there! New opportunity to help make a difference for military caregivers like yourself, and if you are eligible to participate, earn $40 for your time! 

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  • Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) is a voluntary four (4) to six (6) month evidenced based program for family members, partners, friend, battle buddies, etc. who are caring for returning serving members or veterans living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),and/or physical disability. 

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  • The U.S. Department of Defense Office of Warrior Care Policy has created a Caregiver Resource Directory designed specifically for caregivers of recovering service members. It includes information from government and nonprofit organizations that provide support to wounded warriors and their families.

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  • The Veterans Administration has created a Caregiver Tool Box to help caregivers find tools that work for your individual situation.

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  • Caring and caregiving are important to the Veterans Administration (VA). The VA has created the VA Caregiver Support division to specifically aid in the needs of the caregiver

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  • Like many family caregivers there have likely been times when your loved one has needed health care in a hospital setting.  Successfully navigating the resulting health care transition is critical for both the person receiving care and the family caregiver. The CARE Act ensures that family caregivers are clearly identified and receive any needed supports and education before their loved one is discharged home.

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  • Greenlight A Vet is a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green. See how you can show your support.

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