The Elizabeth Dole Foundation empowers military caregivers

Jake Hughes
July 03, 2018 - 1:03 pm

(Photo by Olivier Douliery)

Our wounded warriors aren’t the only ones whose lives change after traumatic injury. Often times, their families are effected, too. They become caregivers, whether they like it or not, and one foundation is helping to empower them.

Liz Rotenberg’s husband suffered injuries in Afghanistan. “As soon as he came home, I knew something had changed,” she says. “And they said, ‘You’re his caregiver,’ and I had never heard that word before. That word changed everything for me. Not only am I his wife, who has to love him and support him, but I’m also now the one who has to make sure he gets the help he needs.”

Liz first heard about the Elizabeth Dole Foundation through another support group. The Foundation got its start in 2011 when Senator Elizabeth Dole spent time in Walter Reed hospital, caring for her husband, Senator Bob Dole. There, she learned about the plight of military caregivers. Now, the Foundation’s goal is to strengthen and empower America’s military caregivers and their families by raising public awareness, driving research, championing policy, and leading collaborations that make a significant impact on their lives.

The group has expansive reach, but Liz says it needs to go further. “The best way you can help a military caregiver is to simply say, ‘How are you doing?’ After that, contact your congressman or mayor. Tell them you want the Elizabeth Dole Foundation Hidden Heroes in your neighborhoods.”

For more information on the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, visit their website.

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