Deployment can be a life-changing experience; not just for the service member, but also for the service member’s family. To help families adjust, The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving grants personalized, free, and confidential support through Operation Family Caregiver to all post-9/11 veterans and their families. At any time after deployment, a veteran and their family can begin the 4-6 month program which offers the services of a trained caregiver coach to provide information and personalized tools designed to make the adjustment to post-deployment life more manageable. The program is completely confidential, and no medical records are accessed or shared with others.
To reach more families in need, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is now offering Operation Family Caregiver in-home, via telephone, and by Skype. Many service members return home from deployment and live with Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress, and physical disabilities. Their spouses, parents, and other relatives and friends may be struggling, trying to balance caring for their loved ones with the demands of daily life and work. Guidance from a professional caregiver can vastly improve the life of a family coping with a number of common post-deployment issues.
Above all, the institute wants all veterans and their family members to know that they are not alone. Support is available.
Lieutenant Colonel Archie Bates, US Army, is a White House Fellow in the Office of the First Lady