1.1 Million Americans Providing Care to Military Members Who Served Since 9/11
Mar 31, 2014
Little has been reported about "military caregivers" — the population of those who care for wounded, ill, and injured military personnel and veterans. This report summarizes the results of a study designed to describe the magnitude of military caregiving in the United States today, as well as to identify gaps in the array of programs, policies, and initiatives designed to support military caregivers.
America's Military Caregivers
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While much has been written about the role of caregiving for the elderly and chronically ill and for children with special needs, little is known about "military caregivers" — the population of those who care for wounded, ill, and injured military personnel and veterans. These caregivers play an essential role in caring for injured or wounded service members and veterans. This enables those for whom they are caring to live better quality lives, and can result in faster and improved rehabilitation and recovery. Yet playing this role can impose a substantial physical, emotional, and financial toll on caregivers. This report summarizes the results of a study designed to describe the magnitude of military caregiving in the United States today, as well as to identify gaps in the array of programs, policies, and initiatives designed to support military caregivers. Improving military caregivers' well-being and ensuring their continued ability to provide care will require multifaceted approaches to reducing the current burdens caregiving may impose, and bolstering their ability to serve as caregivers more effectively. Given the systematic differences among military caregiver groups, it is also important that tailored approaches meet the unique needs and characteristics of post-9/11 caregivers.
Critical Lifelines: The Role and Contributions of Military Caregivers
Understanding and Addressing Caregiver Needs: The Risks and Consequences of Caregiving and Programs to Mitigate Them
Evolving Needs: Sustaining Caregiver and Care Recipient Well-Being Now and in the Future
Closing Gaps: Conclusions and Recommendations
Enumeration of Military Caregivers
Environmental Scan Methods
Environmental Scan Organizational Characteristics
Federal and State Policies and Programs to Support Military Caregivers
Programs and Organizations Excluded from the Environmental Scan
Military Support Programs and Organizations Included in the Environmental Scan
This report was prepared as part of a research study funded by Caring for Military Families: The Elizabeth Dole Foundation. The research was conducted within RAND Health in coordination with the RAND National Security Research Division, divisions of the RAND Corporation.
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