Military and Veteran Caregiver Network

Connect - Share - Support

caregivers of all eras, all relations, across all locations

peers engaged to exchange experience, empathy, education and encouragement

Connect Online

Connect with caregivers like you in secure, peer-moderated online discussion groups or topics, chats and webinars

Share with a Mentor

Share with a caregiver like you in an understanding, one-on-one, peer mentor relationship

Join a Support Group

Join caregivers like you in confidential, peer-facilitated, partner-assisted support groups in your community and online

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Military and Veteran Caregivers and Partners

Nearly 6 million Americans care for wounded, ill and injured military servicemembers and veterans of the pre- and post-9/11 eras. These “hidden heroes,” which include parents, spouses, children, extended family members, friends and battle buddies, are often overwhelmed. They face significant challenges including: scattered resources, isolation, poor health and emotional stress. The MVCN supports caregivers of all ages, eras and stages, offering peer support and access to partner organizations’ resources and services, with the goal of increasing caregivers’ connectedness, hopefulness, wellness, knowledge and skills.

The Caregivers Companion

 

“Self-care is a critical part of wellbeing for caregivers and their loved ones. We are so pleased that our friends at MVCN are getting this tool into the hands of military caregivers who need and deserve support on their caregiving journey”

-Wayne B. Jonas, MD, President and CEO, Samueli Institute

The Samueli Institute created The Caregivers Companion: Self-care for Health in Mind, Body and Spirit to support military caregivers in their journey towards greater wellbeing. This requires aligning the body, mind and spirit, as well as creating a system of support.

 The Caregivers Companion is designed for all who provide care, offering practical guidance for all military and veteran caregivers, regardless of their relationship to their care recipient, their age, stage or era of service, including spouses, siblings, parents, children, friends, family members and battle buddies.

Click on the cover image or title to read online or download the e-book!

Calendar

Find events and activities by and for military and veteran caregivers in one, easy-to-use calendar. Search by month and date to find activities in your community and across the country. Go To Calendar

Upcoming Events

Jul
23
Mon
all-day EXPEDITION TO BENEFIT CHILDREN O... @ San Juan River
EXPEDITION TO BENEFIT CHILDREN O... @ San Juan River
Jul 23 – Jul 30 all-day
No Barriers Youth is taking a group of 14-18 year olds (with a fallen service member parent) to Phoenix, AZ to go rafting on the San Juan River.  This trip is fully funded by sponsors[...]
Jul
30
Mon
7:00 PM Sharing the Journey – Online Sup... @ Online
Sharing the Journey – Online Sup... @ Online
Jul 30 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sharing the Journey - Online Support Group @ Online
The MVCN is honored to host online support groups to offer caregivers the opportunity to connect and engage with peers to support one another. These groups are hosted using Zoom video so caregivers are able to[...]
Jul
31
Tue
2:00 PM Blue Star Cares Train the Trainer @ Online
Blue Star Cares Train the Trainer @ Online
Jul 31 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Blue Star Cares Train the Trainer @ Online
Do you want to make an impact on Caregivers in YOUR community? You will not want miss this unique opportunity! The caregivers team at Blue Star Families created an avatar-based training program and a Caregivers Training Toolkit[...]
Aug
2
Thu
6:30 PM Blue Star Families Caregiver CEC... @ Starbucks
Blue Star Families Caregiver CEC... @ Starbucks
Aug 2 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Blue Star Families Caregiver CEC Coffee Chat, Rockville @ Starbucks
Relax and connect with other caregivers in your community and enjoy a cup of coffee on us! Questions? Please email caregivers@bluestarfam.org.
7:00 PM Blue Star Cares Train the Trainer @ Online
Blue Star Cares Train the Trainer @ Online
Aug 2 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Blue Star Cares Train the Trainer @ Online
Do you want to make an impact on Caregivers in YOUR community? You will not want miss this unique opportunity! The caregivers team at Blue Star Families created an avatar-based training program and a Caregivers Training Toolkit[...]

Resources

Search for useful information from reliable sources designed to help caregivers like you. Stream videos and webinars, read articles and find tools and programs available to caregivers and the families and friends of wounded, ill and/or injured military or veterans of all ages, all eras and across all locations.  Browse all resources by category: Browse Resources

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