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Lack of Caregiver Support Creates Challenges for Wounded, Ill and Injured

Lack of Caregiver Support Creates Challenges for Wounded, Ill, & Injured

Caregivers, wounded warriors, and their advocates testified in front of the Senate Special Committee on Aging this week to ask for passage of the bipartisan Military and Veteran Services Improvement Act (H.R. 1472 and S. 591) along with increased research on military and veteran caregivers. The bill expands the comprehensive support services provided by the VA to caregivers of veterans severely injured or disabled after Sept. 11, 2001. Currently, these post-9/11 caregivers receive a comprehensive package of benefits including a stipend, health care benefit, respite care, and a variety of other assistance above and beyond support services and benefits provided to all veterans through the VA's caregiver program.

Since passage of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act in 2010, The Military Coalition have continued to push for the expansion of comprehensive caregiver services to all veterans of all eras and to ensure severely ill and injured veterans also are eligible for the benefit.

Out of 5.5 million caregivers of veterans, 20 percent are from the generations serving in the post-9/11 era, while the rest come from pre-9/11 conflicts. Each demographic faces different challenges.

Caregivers of the Vietnam era now support veterans with service connected conditions, which are compounded further by aging. Veterans who are cared for by aging parents might face losing their immediate support network.

Most people who became caregivers in the post-9/11 era started to do so in their 20s or 30s, and face decades of caregiving, often while raising young children.

The needs of these veterans and their caregivers, as well as the adequacy of specific support mechanisms are largely untested. The differences in support needs for the different generations of veterans and their caregivers beg for further study.

This week, RAND released a blueprint (its third study on military and veteran caregivers);(https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9950.html)
commissioned by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to forecast research needs for caregivers, our nation's hidden heroes.

Caregivers provide a critical service to the nation's commitment to those “who have borne the battle.” This service comes at an estimated benefit (or savings) to our nation of $14 billion annually, while the loss of caregiver productivity is a loss to the economy of approximately $6 billion per year.

Caregivers' service begins when the servicemember's ends. Not only do caregivers sacrifice a variety of personal endeavors for their new roles, many feel isolated by the personal challenges they face as caregivers, and are at increased risk for depression, stress, and other health related conditions. This puts both the caregiver and the veteran at risk.

At the hearing, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, creator and chair of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, said, “Based on what we already know, we expect more alarming issues to be uncovered. Anecdotally, we are hearing more about caregiver substance abuse and caregiver suicide. Marriages between veterans and caregivers are more vulnerable than ever.”

From previous RAND research: (https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR499.html) we know the recovery process improves with the presence of a well-supported caregiver.

But according to the study, caregivers face poorer health outcomes, higher relationship stress, and more workplace issues.

These challenges can have a devastating emotional, physical and financial impact on wounded warriors and their families or support networks.

Supporting our troops should not stop when they take the uniform off. Military service is a family mission, and when a veteran

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