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Military and Veteran Caregiving in a Rural Setting

Webinar #7: Military and Veteran Caregiving in a Rural Setting

Caregivers are a core part of America’s healthcare system – 5.5 million Americans support current or former Service members with a disabling injury or illness.  Caregivers in rural communities face unique challenges in caring for their veterans, from the often complicated medical and mental conditions of their charges to receiving limited support from all corners of society. Barriers to care include the proximity ofEaster Seals Serving DC | MD | VA medical centers and clinics, access toEaster Seals Serving DC | MD | VA Caregiver support systems, and transportation issues. Rural caregivers tend to have fewer medical resources available to them to address routine and emergency care, as well as fewer overall caregiving resources.

Guest Speakers included:

Hilda R. Heady, MSW, ACSW, leads rural health research and policy efforts for Atlas Research. As Chair of the Rural Health Research and Policy Group for Atlas, she serves as a subject matter expert on rural health workforce policies and strategies, rural Veterans, rural health care policy, and rural health services research. Ms. Heady has spent 38 years working in the field of health care policy and administration, women's health, workforce development and community-based health professions training, and working with Veterans.

Sylvia Montgomery is a Program Specialist for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  She works is in the area of Family and Consumer Services where she manages the grant processes for the Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Grant Program, Rural Health and Safety Education Grant Program, and the Smith Lever Special Needs Grant Program. She also oversees Adult Development and Aging programs where her main areas of focus are on caregiving, elder abuse, farm succession planning, and aging in place.

Additional Resources

Slides for the above webinar: Military and Veteran Caregiving in a Rural Setting (*PDF)

Transcript for the above webinar: Military and Veteran Caregiving in a Rural Setting (*PDF)

Pamphlet for Operation Family Caregiver (*PDF)

Rural Caregiving online resources (*PDF)

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