The Well Spouse Association is reaching out to spouses or partners of wounded warriors. We have created a Military Spouses section in the WSA Forum, with a military spousal caregiver as moderator. Registration in the Forum is free to all, whatever their spousal caregiving situation.
And in addition, for military spouses, the WSA Board recently voted to offer a special arrangement for the next year, to allow them to become supporting members of the WSA at no cost, and have access to all areas of the website, not just the Forum. Supporting members normally pay $30 a year and for this receive the newsletter Mainstay, and can join local area support groups, as well as other membership benefits such as attending respite weekends or the national conference.
Brochure for all Spousal Caregivers, (including Military Spousal Caregivers) here. You can register online or call the Office 1-800-838-0879, or send an email to Information with your name, email and a short summary of your military spousal caregiving situation, to take advantage of this offer.
We invite you to make the WSA forum the place to discuss how caregiving for a spouse or partner in the military affects you. We hope that the peer-to-peer support that WSA encourages, here and in local area support groups will help lighten your load, and help you to feel less alone in your situation. We have also added a subsection on Military Spousal Caregiving in our Resources section.
Caregivers of Veterans -- Results of a Survey here
Assistance for Veterans/ Families WSA has begun partnering with Military organizations in an attempt to assist the many families that have given so much to our way of life. WSA is lucky to have amongst its own Judith DiEmidio a WS and retiree from U.S.O. Judith has introduced us to her 'coalition' which includes:
These four individuals provide valuable service to our veterans and their families in need and will be supplying us with new members as the need arises. We in turn can refer our own Veteran family members to them for their assistance. It is important to understand that this is a grass-roots campaign and assistance cannot be immediate. When last I spoke to Carl he had twenty-seven (27) live cases awaiting assistance. Although no-one is ever turned down, unfunded retirees can only do so much work in a day - so we beg your patience.
If you care for a disabled veteran I urge you to reach out to Carl et al for some much needed expertise. Please feel free to contact me with any comments.
Larry Bocchiere, President WSA