Caring for Caregivers

Caring for Caregivers

Caregiver Blog ImageCaregivers are providing a thankless and often difficult task – caring for loved ones (whether their own or someone else’s) and making life for them as near to normal as possible. That’s the story of a woman named Ramona, who cared for Janet Steen’s mother as if she was her own beloved mother or grandmother, told in a touching New York Times opinion piece, “My Mother’s Keepers.”

Not everyone has the magical touch Ramona seemed to have with Janet’s mother, and often the sacrifices and sleepless nights caregivers suffer go unnoticed as they provide for others, often foregoing needs of their own.

For people caring for our veterans and wounded warriors, these sacrifices are the same, and the resources provided to them aren’t always clear.

MOAA, working with the American Bar Association (ABA) and Public Counsel’s Center for Veterans Advancement in partnership with The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, has formed a collaboration to address unmet legal and financial education needs of military caregivers.

The new Caregiver Guide is an online resource center for military caregivers and veterans, covering five main areas:

  1. Department of Defense
  2. Department of Veterans Affairs
  3. Social Security
  4. Finance
  5. Legal