VA partners with Dole Foundation, Red Cross to help Veteran caregivers

Free premium LinkedIn subscriptions for those taking care of our Nation's heroes


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VA is teaming up with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation (EDF) and the American Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) to provide one-year, free, premium LinkedIn subscriptions to Veteran caregivers. Donated by LinkedIn, the free premium subscriptions help Veteran caregivers get noticed by recruiters, build out a network, stay in the know on new jobs that fit their skills, and apply for new opportunities.

LinkedIn is offering Veteran and military caregivers a free one year premiu

LinkedIn is offering Veteran and military caregivers a free one year premium subscription.

In addition, LinkedIn offers a free year of unlimited access to over 15,000 business, creative and technology courses. The courses are all taught by industry experts through the LinkedIn Learning platform. Veterans may also request a free one-year premium subscription here: www.linkedin.com/military.

Caregivers support one of VA’s key priorities

VA values its long-standing relationships with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the American Red Cross. Together, we work to strengthen and bridge the gaps in services and resources in the community for caregivers.

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation will soon share this offering with their military and Veteran caregiver community. Over the coming weeks, the Dole Foundation will be sharing this with the Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community, an online platform that connects thousands of military caregivers to a network of peer support and other resources.

The American Red Cross MVCN welcomes Veteran caregivers to join their Employment and Workplace Support Group if they are interested.

Specifically for the Veteran community, LinkedIn has created two learning paths. 

  • Transition from Military to Civilian Employment: This learning path will helps those interested to navigate job searches, build a professional identity, prepare for interviews, negotiate salaries, and more. 
  • Transition from Military to Student Life: Covers everything from ACT/SAT/GRE test prep to essay writing, study skills, time management tips, and how to land an internship. This learning path propels Veterans to success – graduation and beyond. 

 To make the most of LinkedIn, use these resources: 

  • LinkedIn for Veterans: This course provides a “LinkedIn 101” tutorial for everything from selecting and uploading the right picture to searching and applying for jobs. 

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 ”LinkedIn is excited to support the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who has teamed up with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the American Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network to offer Premium to family members of wounded veterans. These parents, spouses, and children of returning service members often disrupt their career paths to take on the important role of a caregiver.” Sarah Roberts, Head of Military and Veterans Programs, LinkedIn. 

Over the coming weeks, the Dole Foundation will be sharing this with the Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community, an online platform that connects thousands of military caregivers to a network of peer support and other resources. This offering is also available to military and Veteran caregivers who request to join Hidden Heroes in the coming weeks. 

“We’re very excited to team up with LinkedIn and the VA on this very exciting offering,” said Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “Finding flexible employment has always been a challenge for the military caregivers we serve, and in the midst of COVID-19, this continues to be a top need for caregivers. We are excited to make this offering available to our community and continue to find ways we can creatively support military families during this difficult time.” 

The American Red Cross MVCN welcomes Veteran caregivers of all eras to join their custom, secure, caregiver only Network.The MVCN will host Sarah Roberts, Head of Military and Veteran Programs at LinkedIn, to show how LinkedIn can support caregiver employment. Caregivers interested in a free Premium LinkedIn Subscription are encouraged to join the Employment and Workplace Support group where the ongoing issues of caregiver employment are shared.                           

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Disclaimer: The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products or services on the part of the VA. 

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Comments

  1. Duane J. Robinson    

    I am a veteran, and my nonprofit is looking for a van to place a Veterans Homeless Van into operation in SW Missouri.

    Where can I sign up for the free year of LinkedIn Premium?

    Already have a LinkedIn account, by the way!

  2. John Sattler    

    I am already a LinkedIn Premium member and a Veteran. Am I eligible?

  3. Dan Lewis    

    Does anyone know if the free LinkedIn one year premium service also comes with the infamous auto renewal program?

  4. Brian Bristlin    

    Mine worked just fine from here.If you don’t have an ID.me account setup to verify you a veteran you’ll need to do this first.

    https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/14803/linkedin-for-veterans-free-premium-career-subscription-and-eligibility?lang=en

  5. bill hook    

    The Head of Military and Veterans Programs at Linkedin cant even spell ‘excited.’ That couldn’t be more poignant. Veterans will always be an afterthought. They can’t even hire qualified people to pretend they care.

  6. Mary (Maggie) Olson-Tamulis    

    I recommended the LinkedIn site to my veteran friend but when he tried to get on it about the Premium program for Veterans that is supposed to be free for one year it was not available…after he tried and I tried through my LinkedIn account I finally cancelled my account and want nothing to do with them anymore. I hate when a group promises something and then it is so hard or impossible to find a way to get in. My veteran friend is not working, he wants to work and has been “hired” by the 2020 census as a Field Representative but has yet to get the call for training. We live in northeastern Michigan and the 2020 Census was supposed to start on May 27th in our area but he has not gotten a call. He was hoping to fill his time with some courses on the LinkedIn site but since he can’t get into it that is out the window. He is 60 yrs old and was working through a program for older citizens with the AARP-SCSEP organization and had a part-time job with the Michigan DHHS office in Alpena, MI as a “travel scheduler” for people needing rides to doctors/hospital appointments but was told to leave his job on March 16th and is being paid for part-time hours but wants to go back to work or work at the 2020 Census. I am very disappointed in LinkedIn for making offers that are not real or they are too hard to get into…please tell me why you promote them if they are not beneficial…?? I am an Air Force Military Brat, a Vietnam Era veterans widow and the daughter of a WWII Navy Wave and I am so disappointed in what is offered by organizations organizations but do not fulfill their promises…!!

    1. Alan    

      I’m an Army Combat Veteran and I was able to receive my 1yr FREE LinkedIn Premium subscription with just a couple clicks. LinkedIn is using ID.me to verify Veteran status. As long as a you have verified Veteran status with ID.me and have an existing FREE LinkedIn normal account, there’s not an issue. It sounds like your problems might have been user error. You might not want to be so quick to bash a company for offering a free service to Veterans without having your facts straight.

  7. eric g merrill    

    i am a permanent an total disabled verteran,my wifeand i wereon the caregiver program,through the whit river jct va,because we move out of the county of care we were dropped from the program,my wife take my blood pressure daily over looks my meds i have multipl sevice connected disabilitiesan need daily care ,with bathing dressing ,cooking an a lot more,i was in the hospital most of last year,my left rib broke off an ounchured my heart an lung ,a steel plate was put in but failed from my left hemothorax,an became a hemothorax in my left shoulder,i have arthritis of the spine rib plating,bilateral knee replacements,sevice connected arthitis of the hands my left shoulder is at end stage failure ,its now in my hip ,neck,feet,along with scioratic arthritis,many joints are slowly failing ,without my wifes assistance it would be very difficult,she had to leave her job as an rn to care for me,from the trauma my heart sndured im on multiple heart meds im in st 3 lver disease,it was helpful when my wife was getting compensated for her time,played phone tag with a social workef but lost touch,im going on 61 july,we are trying to move back into the care area,our disabled 9helpless0child passed away 2 years ago so we moved closer to our daughter an grand kids,but are much happier in the nort country ,very frustrating not being able to do many things that doesnt involve pain,well thats my situation i guess illsee where this goes,when i move ill need some handicapped adjustments when we can find siutable residence in the north country, thank you

  8. Jerome Rodgers    

    Why doesn’t the VA work with the Congress to put all VA medical care eligible personnel on MEDICARE? By eliminating the medical portion of the VA, taxpayers would save a lot of of money and all personnel eligible for VA medical care could go to the plethora of civilian MDs and other professional medical professionals. I’ve written my congressman/senators and their replies are that it is political. It would be such an improvement in the treatment available for our vets if they are on medicare and the federal government could waive any co-pays so there would be no out of pocket expenses for the vets. It is a shame the congress or the GAO hasn’t had such a move evaluated to identify the pros and cons but that’s politics for you. The politicians are more interested in keeping the federal money and jobs in their areas than they are in running a government FOR the people, especially for people that have really earned it like our veterans that are eligible for VA medical care. I guess I can keep dreaming about politicians doing the right thing even though I sincerely doubt it will ever happen! Semper fi!

  9. Verna J. Edwards    

    I am a Marine Corps veteran taking care of my 84 year old mom, who is in advanced stage dementia, blind, and can no longer stand or walk.She has been with me for 3 years and I love her. I wish there was some assistance for personal care services. We are hoping to get daily care through Medicaid.

  10. Robert A. Lypka    

    Many of these pseudo-support groups for veterans function mainly on eye candy. They blow their horn about how they are doing this or that but in reality their efforts are half-hearted. Good message Paula and Johnathan. These groups aren’t going to spend the bulk of their money on vets and forego their cushy salaries.E. Dole used to come to Bragg for photo ops with 82nd or SF and then would go back to DC and vote against the GI bill that would help these kids, compared to me, from the sand box or the rockpile, get the services they need. The Girl Scouts are a shining example of how these groups work. Where you all aware that every dime of the money from Girl Scout cookie sales goes back to corporate. Not a thin dime stays with the local chapter. After all the volunteer work that the girls and their parents put in to sell them, corporate gets it all to support their lavish lifestyles. My daughter was a girl scout years ago and I found this out. Now I don’t buy any cookies, although I love some of them, I give cash directly to one of the leaders and ask that they put my money toward one of the girls to get any parts of her uniform that she didn’t have money to buy, so she won’t feel like an outcast because she isn’t dressed like the others. Damn the Doles and their ilk.

  11. monica chandler    

    l help and caregive to my ex-hushand (disabled Vietnam Vet. l,am wondering is there any programs to help me help him he is 100% disabled? Thank you, Monica Chandler

  12. David Stonham    

    This is nice, but how do I take advantage of the LinkedIn offer??? Is there a link to use? Is there a code?

    1. Lauren T    

      If you are a recipient of the VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, you can request one of these subscriptions by sending your full name, full name of the Veteran you are caring for and contact information to: CAREGIVERLINKED.VBANYN@va.gov

  13. Steve    

    Thank you- Navy Veteran!!

    Steve

  14. Theresa Harvey    

    This is excellent! They deserve this & more, our great caregivers. This is uplifting.
    ~♥~

  15. Paula Minger    

    Just more for POST 9/11 ONLY

    4.4 million of the total 5.5 million mikitary Vetetans caregivers provide for physically wounded WWII, KOREAN, VIETNAM & DESERT STORM vets

    They’re wives and families have worked hard providing full time home care for DECADES

    But we just continue to be ignored by CONGRESS, VSOs, and sometimes even the VA (but not often by the VA)

    Can’t we do something that will help ALL ears of War caregivers?

    Neither DoleFoundation or Red Cross has much for us at all,

    Dole’s only had 2-3 caregivers as Fellows since they started. BUT they’re partnered with WWP So that’s why

    So any idea how elder caregivers can get equal treatment? Anyone?

    1. Jonathan Scott    

      So sorry you feel abandoned Paula. For what it’s worth, this was probably something cheap or free that VA could do that was an easy “win”, as opposed to hard fought, well thought-out support campaign where everyone is included. LinkedIn likes to do stuff like this for a number of reasons, both business and philanthropic, and it just happens that this helps young caregivers the most.

      FYI – The VA caregiver program is being dramatically reworked as part of the Mission Act of 2018. For example, many folks, like my wife and I, are almost guaranteed to be dropped from the program in an apparent effort to pay for older veterans who deserve it just as much. I wish they could keep all of us, but just letting that you haven’t been forgotten and help is on the way.

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