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Dear Fellow Caregiver

Caregivers of Veterans share their stories, and the resources they’ve found helpful throughout their journeys. 

Dear Fellow Caregivers - I didn’t know I’d become my husband’s caregiver so soon. 
When a U.S. Navy Veteran sustained a serious back injury during active duty, his wife had no idea that injury would leave him with a rare and troublesome spinal cord condition. Read how she became his caregiver and how CSP helped her along the way: /CAREGIVER/Blogs/Dear_Fellow_Caregiver-SpinalCord_Injury.asp

Dear Fellow Caregivers - Here’s how I talked to my kids about PTSD.
Caregiver, wife, and mom, Rose Cotto, shares her transition into caregiving and how she talks to her kids about PTSD: /CAREGIVER/Blogs/Dear_Fellow_Caregiver-PTSD_Talking_Kids.asp

Dear Fellow Caregivers - Have you talked to your loved ones about advance care planning?
Susie is the caregiver for her husband Jim, a U.S. Army Veteran. Read Susie’s letter about the importance of advance care planning and the support she’s found through CSP: /CAREGIVER/Blogs/Dear_Fellow_Caregiver-ACP.asp

Dear Fellow Caregivers - I noticed a change in my son. Now I’m his caregiver.
When this mom started noticing changes in her son, she had no idea what to make of his behavior. Now, eleven years later, she shares her story of caring for her U.S. Army Veteran son and how CSP helped her along the way: /CAREGIVER/Blogs/Dear_Fellow_Caregiver-Change_In_My_Son.asp

Dear Fellow Caregivers - My husband went for a bike ride. Now I’m his caregiver.  
Sofi Alexander’s life changed in a moment’s notice. Read how she’s navigating her new norm as a caregiver. When Sofi first became a caregiver, respite care didn’t seem like a necessity. Now, respite care helps.  /CAREGIVER/Blogs/Dear_Fellow_Caregiver-RespiteCare.asp

Dear Fellow Caregivers - I’m an advocate for Inclusive Care.
Anne Adkinson is an advocate for the Campaign for Inclusive Care, a national initiative to integrate caregivers into their Veteran’s healthcare team. Read her letter to learn how Inclusive Care changed her experience as a caregiver and what she hopes other caregivers of Veterans can gain as well: /CAREGIVER/Blogs/Dear_Fellow_Caregiver-InclusiveCare.asp

Dear Fellow Caregivers - Taking Me Back Again.  
Lou Anne Bates is the caregiver for her husband, a U.S. Army Veteran. Read Bate’s letter to her fellow caregivers as she shares how she found support through CSP and how she’s reuniting with the woman she was before becoming a caregiver: /CAREGIVER/Blogs/Dear_Fellow_Caregiver-Taking_Me_Back_Again.asp

Need Help?

Call VA’s Caregiver Support Line (CSL) at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more about the support that is available to you, and for assistance connecting with the Caregiver Support Team/Coordinator, at your local VA Medical Center.

VA CSL Expanded hours:
      -Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET
      -Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

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