Caring For Caregivers

Apr 15 2014

Published by under Health & Living

handsCaregivers 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.

LifelongCaregivingFor 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

Visit MOAA.org/Caregiver for more information and resources, including pro-bono financial and legal assistance for veterans and their caregivers!

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ESGR Announces Semifinalists for 2014 SecDef Employer Support Freedom Award

Apr 14 2014

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­SecDef Freedom AwardEmployer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, has selected 162 employers as semifinalists for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

The Freedom Award is the DoD’s highest honor for employers that provide extraordinary support to their Guard and Reserve employees. Check out the complete list of Freedom Award semifinalists from each state!

More than one million National Guard and Reserve members, who play critical roles in combat and humanitarian missions across the globe, rely on strong employer relationships such as those forged by the 162 semifinalists for this year’s award.

The employers selected as semifinalists demonstrate their commitment to Guard and Reserve employees through formal initiatives such as setting veteran hiring goals and establishing military employee liaisons as well as informal activities like arranging care package drives and granting additional leave for military members to spend time with family.

Up to 15 award recipients will be announced in early summer and honored in Washington, D.C. in September at the 19th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony.

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Friday Fun: Two Lucky Vets Can Rock and Roll All Night

Apr 11 2014

Well here’s an interesting offer:

It appears that two lucky veterans will be taken on by the legendary rock groups Def Leppard and KISS as roadies for their joint summer tour, spanning 42 cities across North America! The effort is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Capital One’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

After the announcement, KISS had some words to say on the importance of hiring veterans:

“It is our privilege to draw attention to the obligation we all have to the brave men and women who volunteer to risk their own lives to protect the liberties and freedom that we all take for granted. We should all jump at any opportunity to provide any assistance needed by our warriors. Heroes deserve jobs!” said Paul Stanley, lead vocalist/guitarist of Kiss.

According to the TODAY Show, veterans who wish to apply for the positions can apply here. The deadline for all applications is Friday May 9th at 11:59 p.m.
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Image: Def Leppard playing an acoustic set at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL on 7/19/12 via Wikimedia Commons by user AngryApathy.

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National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2014

Apr 10 2014

Published by under Events

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

Since the earliest days of our Republic, the brave men and women of our Armed Forces have answered the call to serve. They have put their lives on the line for our Nation, and many have sacrificed their own freedom to safeguard ours. On National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, we honor those who stood up, took an oath, put on the uniform, and faced immeasurable challenges far from home.

These patriots often suffered physical and mental torture during captivity. Many endured starvation and isolation, not knowing when or if they would make it safely back to our shores. Families experienced days, months, and sometimes years of uncertainty, but they showed remarkable strength that mirrored the grit of their loved ones through long stretches of imprisonment. These warriors rendered the highest service any American can offer our country — they fought and sacrificed so that we might live in peace, security, and prosperity.

Today, we are solemnly reminded of our responsibility to care for those who have borne these burdens for us. We recommit to honoring that sacred obligation — to serving our former prisoners of war, our veterans, and their families as well as they have served us. With unyielding pride and unending gratitude, let us fulfill our promises to the courageous heroes of generations past, to this generation of veterans, and to all who will follow.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 9, 2014, as National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day of remembrance by honoring all American prisoners of war, our service members, and our veterans. I also call upon Federal, State, and local government officials and organizations to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA

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Washington Post: After the Wars

Apr 10 2014

Published by under Health & Living

Washington_Post_buildingAre you a veteran of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan? If so, the Washington Post wants you to join their closed Facebook group.

They want it to be a place where veterans can share stories, experiences and resources about life after war. They won’t publish anything that you share without your permission.

Join the group by sending a request from this page on Facebook: http://wapo.st/afterthewars


Image by Flickr user Daniel X. O’Neil via Wikimedia Commons.

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