They are the unsung heroes in the vast network of people who take care of the men and women who bravely defended our country.
The VA offers a caregiver support group for people who give of themselves to make sure veterans get the care they need away from the medical facility.
There are an estimated 5.5 million people in the United States who are unpaid caregivers. The aim of the support group is to help caregivers look after themselves so they’re better able give care.
The national president of the American Legion Auxiliary was at the VA clinic in Traverse City to get more information about our local support program. She says the first thing that needs to happen is a caregiver has to recognize that’s what they are.
“What we’re doing on a national level in the American Legion Auxiliary is trying to gain the knowledge and the support that you are a caregiver. Because, like I said, people don’t recognize themselves as a caregiver. It’s family doing for family. So, across the nation, we’re already doing it,” said Kathy Daudistel, National President of the American Legion Auxiliary.
We have more information on the VA caregiver support program when you click here: