The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) will host the 26th Annual Summit and Training Institute on Oct. 24, when First Lady Rosalynn Carter, together with leaders from the White House; the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Health and Human Services (HHS); AARP; and other organizations focused on caregiving will discuss solutions to America’s Caregiver Crisis. The summit’s purpose is to provide best practices and collaborative pathways for both professional caregivers and the estimated 66 million family caregivers in the United States.
Thursday, October 23, 2014, there will also be pre-summit workshops, training, and certifications for caregivers! View the full program schedule here and visit the Rosalynn Carter Institute website for more information on the work they do on behalf of caregivers. And you can follow the discussion on Twitter using #RCISummit.
For more resources for veterans and their caregivers, visit the Caregiver Guide from MOAA and the Dole Foundation. You’ll find free financial resources, legal assistance, and guidance on navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs at www.moaa.org/Caregiver.
Get tickets to the National theater in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 7:30 to see Ian Anderson and the best of Jethro Tull, with special guests including the Virginia Military Institute Commanders jazz band.
A pre-concert event, “Dinner in the Dark” on October 4, 2014, raises awareness of vision-related injuries suffered by veterans, as well as an art show the night of the concert displaying the works of veterans recovering from their injuries through art therapy!
You can buy your tickets online at www.thenationalva.com or from TicketMaster. Active duty military, veterans, first responders, and their families and guests get $10 off the price of every ticket! Use the offer code “HEROES” when ordering.
And thank you to Helping the Heroes for this great event and military discount! View the full flyer from Helping the Heroes, including more event details.
Image of Ian Anderson, lead vocalist, flautist and acoustic guitarist of Jethro Tull, Munich 2014 via Wikimedia Commons by user Lesekreis.
The new American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will be formally dedicated on October 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Memorial site, 150 Washington Ave., SW (Washington Ave. & Second St. SW).
Though the event is free and open to the public, event registration is required!
A maximum of 4 guests can be registered at one time. NOTE: each registrant must have a unique name – multiple registrations in the same name will be cancelled. Registrations will be accepted until event capacity is reached. To register for the Dedication Ceremony click here.
Get more information on memorial dedication events, location, and instruction online.
Image of bronze sculpture from the American Veterans Disabled for Life memorial website.
25 military installations have won National Public Lands Day Department of Defense (DoD) Legacy Awards to protect and enhance local resources through base-level volunteer work projects on DoD sites. All sites will host volunteer events with many beginning on Saturday, Sept. 27th, National Public Lands Day.
Some of the Awardees planning NPLD events Saturday include:
Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania (U.S. Army/Air National Guard)
Refresh, establish and complete the landscaping at the Museum, Range House, static displays and memorials. Volunteers will perform maintenance in existing landscaping beds and butterfly garden, remove brush and clean up trash at Marquette Lake for the benefit of anglers and other visitors, and finish new 1200’ trail connecting Keystone Conference Center to Marquette Lake.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii (U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force)
At the Ahua Reef Wetland, a Natural Resources Specialist will provide an educational brief of the wetland and restoration project to volunteers who will then remove invasive plant species and outplant native plant species. At the Halealoha Haleamau Burial Platform, a Cultural Resources Specialist will provide an educational brief of the Fort Kamehameha area where the burial platform is located and the history of the burial platform. Volunteers will enhance burial platform with `ili`ili, smooth river rock, trim naupaka hedge and remove invasive plants.
Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana (U.S. Air Force)
As part of a pollinator garden community project, Malmstrom Air Force Base will host a Master Gardener lecture on gardening with native plants, establish approximately six large pollinator gardens containing native flowering plants as well as native grasses and shrubs, plant approximately 300 native treelings and 10 larger trees throughout the base, and install 20 memorial plaques under the newly-planted larger trees.
Check out the full list of awardees and volunteer work projects scheduled.
From our friends at Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve:
President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring Sept. 21 – 27, as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week. The week recognizes the important contributions employers have made in supporting the military service of their National Guard and Reserve employees.
“Throughout our history, patriotic Americans have always stepped up in our Nation’s time of need. It is in this spirit that our National Guard and Reserve members carry forward a proud legacy of service and sacrifice,” proclaimed President Obama.
Emphasizing the critical support employers provide, the President stated, “By providing workplace flexibility and helping the advancement of their civilian careers, employers ease the burden on those who serve and their loved ones. And we appreciate all our country’s businesses that go above and beyond in small and large ways to recognize our patriots. We know that when it comes to supporting our Nation’s heroes, everybody can do something – every business, every school and every American.”
The week’s events culminate with the 19th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony Sept. 26. The ceremony will be hosted at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) will formally recognize 15 employers that have been named recipients of this year’s Freedom Award.
Read the full Presidential Proclamation!