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Caregiver Stories

It's human nature. We connect instantly with people hundreds of miles away – even if we don't know them – when they've experienced similar difficulties and challenges.

These Family Caregiver stories depict Caregivers who, like you, are courageous individuals who have undergone life-changing experiences alongside the Veterans they love. We hope these stories will provide you with comfort, support and renewed strength.

We would like to add additional Family Caregiver Stories to the website. If you'd like to share your story, please email Margaret Kabat at Margaret.Kabat@va.gov to let us know.

Jay's Story

Jay's Story

From his bedside in suburban Northern Virginia, Iraqi war Veteran, Joseph "Jay" Briseno, Jr., can receive a comprehensive examination from his team of clinical specialists. Read More

RyAnne's Story

RyAnne's Story

When RyAnne married Army Ranger Scot Noss in 2003, she knew it would be difficult to have him leave on deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. To make the deployments easier, RyAnne surrounded herself with positive people who provided great support. Read More

Donnetta's Story

Donnetta's Story

Donnetta Hobbs is the wife of a World War II Navy Veteran and became his full-time Family Caregiver a few years ago when he had a blood clot in his leg, which caused him to be hospitalized. Read More

Teresa's Story

Theresa's Story

Michael Murphy has always relied on his wife, Teresa Murphy, to be his Caregiver. However the definition of Caregiver changed dramatically three years ago after undergoing three spinal surgeries that left all but one arm immobile. Since that time Teresa has assumed the role of Michael's primary Caregiver, helping take care of all of his needs. Read More

Wanda's Story

Wanda's Story

When anticipating retirement and growing old together, Wanda had never pictured her active and able husband being physically bound to his bed. Bob, a Veteran of the US Army, who served during World War II, wanted nothing more than to stay in his home, despite his life-altering condition. Read More

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