Working in VA’s Central Office doesn’t allow for many opportunities to get out in the field and talk with Veterans and their families, so when I got the chance to be a part of the video shoots below last month, I jumped at it.
What an incredible four days. Meeting and listening to the Davis, Benns, Carden and Pearce families gave me insight into the struggles and sacrifices that Caregivers and their families face every day. We at VA know from studies and research that family Caregivers are an integral part of a Veteran’s treatment, recovery and positive quality of life, but being able to put faces and stories to the difficulties and extreme love of a family Caregiver is invaluable.
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who runs the Institute for Caregiving, has a saying:
There are only four kinds of people in the world–those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who need caregivers.
Whether you are a Caregiver, are preparing for that role, or are just interested in learning more about the role, my hope is that this video, “VA Caregivers” inspires and encourages you.
For more information on care giving and available resources, please visit VA’s Caregiver homepage.
Jessica Slider works in the Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs