During the month of May, we celebrate the nation’s nearly 5.5 million military caregivers. A caregiver comes in many forms. These individuals are parents, spouses, family members, and friends who care day in and day out for those who have been affected by the wounds of service to our country. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation has correctly named these caregivers as “Hidden Heroes”. When service to our country is over, these caregivers live with the very real wounds of their veteran’s combat service. During this month there are several ways you can honor and support these Hidden Heroes such as:
- Boost public awareness to the group of Americans living as military caregivers. The simplest way to do this is through social media. For instance, Facebook makes a frame you can use on your profile picture to show your recognition. Sharing information about the Elizabeth Dole Foundation on your favorite social media platform using #hiddenheroes and #dolefoundation
- Go to the Elizabeth Dole Foundation website and click “Join the Movement”. Hidden Heroes will pair you with organizations in your community that support military caregivers.
- Call your closest military installation and reach out to either Army Community Service (Army), Fleet and Family Support (Navy), or The Airman and Family Readiness Center (Air Force) and ask how you can support military caregivers. Many times there are activities going on during the month in which you can participate.
Although we recognize military caregivers during the month of May, it is important to realize their service still goes on long after the close of the month. Involving yourself in organizations such as the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, allow us to serve this group and boost awareness throughout the entire year.