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Caregivers are finally getting more of the resources they’ve needed. Please check out the following organizations, blogs, etc. that provide a variety of needs. The first organization is the VA’s own Medical Foster Care program; if you’ve got all you can handle now, skip it. It’s a great idea, though.
Interesting in becoming a VA Approved Medical Foster Home Caregiver? They’re looking for qualified individuals living in the Hill Country area to provide 24 hour care in your home.  Supplement your income by providing a safe, homey environment for local eligible veterans. Contact the Kerrville VA Medical Foster Home Social Worker, Victor Lennhoff, for more information at 830.896.2020 ext. 12440  The VA has programs to help eligible veterans find assisted living communities. What’s a veteran to do when he or she doesn’t need or want all the hoopla of a nursing home, but wants to stay near their family in the Hill Country? There aren’t enough local places to go: Kerrville’s own Veterans’ Alliance met with Victor. Click here for:
More about the Foster Care
When we talk blogs, we may as well start with the DoD’s own blog:  Check it out here: http://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/
Operation Homefront’s Hearts of Valor:  Our mission is to honor the service and sacrifice of the people who care for our nation's wounded, ill or injured warriors by providing a community of support based on a foundation of empathy and mutual understanding.
Operation Homefront seeks to support these caregivers in their own journey of healing by facilitating an online community that provides social connections to other caregivers in similar situations, fostering support groups by geographic area to encourage resource sharing and friendships, and sponsoring annual retreats to provide education on relevant issues. Check them out at https://www.heartsofvalor.org
Living with PTSD and TBI: An Army Wife’s POV and feelings about life with PTSD, TBI, and all that goes with it... is a very popular and informative  blog written by “Uncle Sam’s Mistress.” She lists many resources (A to Z), or Y, at least) from Army Strong Bonds Retreats to Yellow Ribbon Foundation, and lots of ‘sister’ blogs. In fact, until I can write about the VA’s Caregiver Program, check out what she has to say about it (below) Her info’s going to be a lot better than anything I could tell you, anyway. Archives go back to 2010. Note the site name isn’t either of those, but the following. http://armyreservistwife.blogspot.com/2011/10/va- caregiver-program.html
Family of a Vet is dedicated to you, whether you're a Veteran or someone who loves a Veteran, especially one with PTSD (Post- traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).  We're here to help you find your way, find the information you need, and find a way not only to cope with life after combat... but to survive and thrive!  Written by Brannon Vines, who’s cared for her husband since 2006. See more at: http://www.familyofavet.com
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation We believe that our nation’s military caregivers need and deserve robust, effective support in light of the mental, physical, and financial challenges they face in caring for wounded warriors suffering from physical injuries, invisible wounds of war, or both. Our mission is to uplift American military caregivers by strengthening the services afforded to them through innovation, evidence-based research, and collaboration. See more at: http://elizabethdolefoundation.org They commissioned the RAND Corporation who discovered 5.5 million Americans are caring for ill or wounded service members and veterans. See their site for more on that important survey.
Caregivers