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Executive Director of Caregivers on the Homefront, Shawn Moore, advocates for veteran caregivers at the KCVA Mental Health Summit on September 12th, 2018.
New Center dedicated to Veteran and Caregiver research named for Senator Elizabeth Dole
Washington, D.C. – September 7, 2018:The Elizabeth Dole Foundation celebrated a milestone accomplishment for military and veteran caregivers today with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ announcement that the VA will fund the first National Center of Excellence for improving veteran and caregiver services. Senator Elizabeth Dole has called for the creation of such a Center since first unveiling the crisis facing veteran caregivers. The Foundation applauds Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie and the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) service for responding to the Senator’s call. The new center will be named for Senator Dole in recognition of her national leadership and advocacy on behalf of caregivers. The Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence will expand the capacity of the VA to deliver innovative, data-driven, and integrated approaches to improve services for veterans and their caregivers.
"'He's my children's father' says a divorced woman, explaining why she is helping care for her ill ex-husband...Chad Burnheimer and Holly Platt, both in their 40s, had been divorced for eight years when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. At that point, Ms. Platt became his caregiver, taking him to the doctor, monitoring his medicine and joining him at support groups. As families in the U.S. become smaller and more far-flung, new caregivers emerge, including ex-spouses."
"Still, there is one trend-borne of a gradual shift in public perception but grounded in economics-that underscores the potential leverage of family caregivers: the rise in multigenerational households. According to a 2016 Pew Research survey, one fifth of U.S. households are now multigenerational. Many of these households include an elder being cared for by children and grandchildren, signaling a shift from the way families handle long-term and end-of-life care."
"But one proposal - the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act - would be a major step forward. It would create a new office within the Social Security Administration to run a paid leave program funded by a new payroll tax. It would cover all family-related caregiving for up to 12 weeks, so almost all workers contributing to the program could eventually benefit from it. Today, more than 43 million Americans provide unpaid caregiving - often to the detriment of their household finances."
Caregivers on the Home front Inc. Founder, Shawn Moore, speaks out about the leadership of the VA.
This week I wanted to share some of my most favorite things like other blogs, websites, posts, articles, essays that have moved me or really stuck with me in some way after reading them. I try to visit a caregiver webpage (and support group page) every day, and some days what I find is what I focus on for a few days. Maybe I need to process the information or maybe I need to read it at a later time, but no matter what I come across I feel a connection with the piece, the story, the author…you get the idea.
5.5 mil strong. #HiddenHeroes caring for vets--meet daughter & Mom giving all. #NationalFamilyCaregiversMonth @DoleFoundation #givingtuesday...read more.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shawn Moore will never forget the call that changed her life....read more.
The Purple Connection April 11, 2018
April 11, 2018
Caregivers on the Homefront's very own, founder, and program director, Shawn Moore serving Kansas City on The Purple Connection Panel. The purpose of the panel is to create synergy and efficient connections for the military community and military-support organizations of the Kansas City Metro area.
The audience for The Purple Connection is Military, Prior-Service Military, Veterans, Military Families, and the businesses and organizations that comprise the Kansas City Military-Support Community.
COL Gary Gilmore, Chaplain, MO National Guard
Colleen Abraham, Johnson County Veterans Treatment Court
Richard Wallace, Troops to Teachers, MO Dept of Education
Eric Campbell, Loan Officer, BBMC Mortgage
Shawn Moore, Caregivers on the Homefront
Bill Eckert, Founder, KAMO Adventures
VA Eastern Kansas Suicide Prevention Summit April 13, 2018
April 13, 2018
The VA Eastern Kansas Suicide Prevention Summit was held this weekend at the Courtyard by Marriott in Junction City, KS. Beyond Thank You "A community conversation about military transitions, suicide prevention, healing, and hope."
Shawn Moore and Dr. Rachel Moyers PHD attended the summit and were able to share their experiences with suicide in the family. They were also able to shine a large spotlight on the mission of Caregivers on the Homefront.