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Gov. Whitmer Recognizes November as Veteran Caregivers Month

 

Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has recognized November 2022 as Veteran Caregivers Month in Michigan to pay tribute to those who care for veterans in Michigan.

“Caring for a wounded veteran, who made an incredible sacrifice for our nation, is heroic unsung work and is often done while caregivers balance other commitments to their families, jobs and communities,” said Gov. Whitmer. “As these hidden heroes — our neighbors, family and friends — put their lives on hold to care for our veterans, it is our responsibility to ensure they do not have to do it alone. This November, we raise awareness for wounded veterans and those who care for them. Let’s work together to support our veterans and caregivers so they can thrive in Michigan.” 

Often caregivers are relatives of a wounded veteran, however, sometimes friends, neighbors and co-workers take on the responsibility as well. And while the opportunity to provide care to a loved one can be a blessing and a source of connection, it often requires sacrifice. Thousands of Michiganders have sacrificed jobs and altered careers to perform caregiving duties.
 
“Caregivers perform an essential role by supporting our wounded warriors and we must continue to look after their well-being and ensure they have the best skills and resources available to provide the highest level of care,” said Zaneta Adams, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

For more information on educational programs, resources, support groups or financial stipends for caregivers, please visit Caregiver Resources.

Michigan is committed to making the state the premier choice for military service members, veterans and their families to live, work, serve and play. In support of this effort, the MVAA helps connect veterans with federal, state and local benefits and resources they earned for their service. To learn more about employment, healthcare, education and quality-of-life benefits, veterans can contact the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center at 1-800-MICH-VET or visit www.michigan.gov/MVAA.

View the proclamation here: November 2022: Veteran Caregivers Month.