The U.S. Department of Defense Office of Warrior Care Policy has created a Caregiver Resource Directory (CRD) 2020-2021 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.
“With many organizations offering support and services, it can be difficult to sort out the specific type of resource or program best suited for your needs. Therefore, this directory is compiled for you — the caregiver — as its primary focus.”
– DOD Military Caregiver Support
The CRD is designed to help empower military caregivers with information about national and local resources and programs specifically for them. Topics include helplines, advocacy and benefits information, career transitions and employment, military caregiver support, children’s needs, education and training, financial support, rest and relaxation, and others.
The CRD is an enriched source of information and is essentially a one-stop-shop for questions and concerns for those who are new to being caregivers. The resources provided in the CRD have gone through a rigorous review and vetting process so that Veterans, service members, and caregivers receive accurate, timely, and pertinent information. The simple guide is available 24/7 and is available in Spanish. The guide uses icons to assist with quickly accessing VA and DoD programs and non-profit organizations. The CRD is also a good source for info on self-care programs and for respite assistance.
You can download the CRD here
There are 25 sections including:
- Advocacy & Benefits
- Career Transitions & Employment
- Caregiver Support
- Caregiver Helplines
- Caregiver Mental Health & Wellbeing
- Caregiving Knowledge & Skills
- Caring for Injured Service Members
- Children's Needs
- Education & Training
- Financial & Legal Resources
- Health Care Needs
- Maintenance & Home Care Assistance
- Mental Health
- Military Caregiver Lifestyle
- Modifications & Special Equipment
- Online Social Networking
- Peer Support & Mentoring
- Pet & Service Animal Assistance
- Rest & Relaxation
- Respite Care
- Sports & Recreation
- Suicide Prevention
- Support Groups
- Women Veterans
For information about other VA resources, visit VA Caregiver Support.