Several of our rostered with hearts for the care of Veterans and active duty service members in their communities have participated in Community Clergy Training Programs for caring for our veterans. They continue to gather to learn more about their special needs and ways to serve and support them. We all have service members that we know, so it helpful to stay abreast of the resources that are available to them so that we can be better caregivers and friends. A new resource has been released to do just that and we offer it here for your consideration. A special thank you to Retired Naval Captain, Connie Walker, who continues to support our synod with connections to valuable resources to help us serve this beloved community.
About the Resource:
Service members, families and caregivers, the Department of Defense Military Caregiver Support 2019 Caregiver Resource Directory (CRD) has officially been released and is ready for download. The annual update includes 114 pages of resources, organizations, agencies, and programs that assist and support families and caregivers of wounded, ill and injured Service Members and Veterans. The CRD is an enriched source of information from childcare, education and training, healthcare needs, legal assistance, rest and relaxation, to peer support, mentoring, and so much more. The Directory is essentially a one-stop-shop for questions and concerns about support, assistance, and awareness for those who are new to the change or experienced caregivers.
The resources provided in the CRD have gone through a rigorous review and vetting process to ensure that Service Members, Veterans, and their caregivers are receiving accurate, timely, and pertinent information. The easy-to-use guide uses icons to assist with accessing certain information quicker, such as, DoD programs, non-profit organizations, 24/7 availability, smartphone apps, and resources that are available in Spanish. The CRD is also a good source of self-care programs and awareness for caregivers. With the assistance of Personalized Experiences, Engagement and Resources (PEER) Support Coordinators, it is in their daily routine to provide additional support and navigation to workshops, networks, seminars, education and training that will ease and help understand the challenges of being a caregiver.
In certain situations, caregivers may be given respite assistance or compensation. To get more information on respite assistance or compensation, contact a regional PEER Support Coordinator in your area.
To download a digital copy of the CRD or to request a hard copy, please go to: https://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/caregiver-resources/
If you would like more information, connect with two of the synod’s Veteran’s Support Ministry Team members:
Rev. Todd Iverson – Immanuel Evangelical (Watertown)
Rev. Joe Brosius – Good Shepherd (Madison/Verona)