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Supporting Those Who Serve

My grandfather served in World War Two, my dad in Korea, my uncle Mike in Vietnam, and I have other family members serving in the military around the world today.

November is a month when we reflect on the honor and sacrifices of our military men and women; but this recognition needs to extend beyond the one day we celebrate this week. More than ever in the coming years, our returning vets will need our help and support. So many veterans are living with the effects of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). We conducted an interview with Lee Woodruff, whose husband Bob was attacked while reporting in Iraq. The article was aptly titled “A Partner in Care.”

This year, the Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded and implemented programs to provide services and support for family caregivers of post 9/11 veterans.  One of the programs provides training and financial support for these caregivers.  This kind of support is so important and has been a very long time coming.  To learn more about VA programs for caregivers, visit the VA Caregiver Support Web site.

As our returning soldiers have bravely stood up for us, we need to do the same for them. Contact your congressperson and senator and urge them to continue funding for veterans’ appropriations and learn how you can support organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Now that I think of it, maybe there is a reason that National Family Caregivers Month is November—the same month in which we celebrate Veterans Day. Caregivers and veterans exemplify the same fighting spirit of those who care and those who serve.


Gary Barg



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