The depths of love: Chronicling the journey from Army spouse to caregiver
“I can’t remember how you find half of a number,” Brannan Vines’ husband, Spc. Caleb Vines, told her a couple of days after he returned from his second deployment to Iraq. “Oh my,” she replied, trying to keep the fear and shock from her face. Before joining the Army, Caleb had studied civil engineering. He had a genius-level IQ. He should certainly have known basic math. “I have no idea what’s wrong,” Brannan, who had an infant at the time, remembers thinking. A difficult
What I wish I’d known when I started life as a caregiver
I was incredibly excited when the folks here at Soldiers asked me to write a post for caregivers. Of course I’m honored to be “here” (as a proud former Army wife, it’s sort of a big deal!), but honestly, I was even more excited because it’s yet another indication that we (those caring for heroes who have served our country) are starting to actually be “seen.” People are noticing us, what we do, what we face. And they’re trying to help us DO all of it better. I’ll be honest about
Statement on the passing of Tom Clancy
I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of author Tom Clancy, a friend and member of the advisory committee of my foundation. Tom was a true American who loved and supported his country, in words and in deeds, and he was taken from us far too soon. He was among the earliest supporters of Caring for Military Families: The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, and believed strongly in our work serving our nation's hidden heroes - the mothers, fathers, and spouses who tirelessly care for our wounded warriors.
Caring for the caregivers: Elizabeth Dole’s foundation helps those who tend to wounded warriors
Wounded warriors need the help of loved ones and dedicated caregivers, and those “hidden heroes” who assisted injured service members need a hand, too. Former North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole, herself the spouse of a wounded World War II hero, is tackling the challenge of helping the nation’s military caregivers with “Caring for Military Families,” an arm of her nonprofit foundation. “In most cases they are unnoticed, because they are the hidden heroes,” Dole told Fox News’