Disabled Veterans National Foundation Applauds New VA Family, Caregiver, and Survivor Advisory Committee


October 4, 2017

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) is applauding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its newly formed Family, Caregiver, and Survivor Advisory Committee, to be chaired by former U.S. Senator, Elizabeth Dole.

The goal of this committee will be to advise VA Secretary David Shulkin on matters that affect families, caregivers, and survivors across all generations, relationships, and veteran status, to help get a better understanding of how these individuals use VA care and benefits services, as well as other factors that influence access, quality, and accountability for those services.

This committee will help give the VA better insight into the experiences of caregivers, and meet their needs accordingly.

“The role of a caregiver is vital to the health and wellbeing of a veteran in need,” said CEO of DVNF, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “Families of wounded and sick veterans take on the emotional and financial burdens of caring for their loved one. Giving them a voice through this committee, led by a caregiver with deep policy experience in Senator Elizabeth Dole, is critical to the best interests of veterans and their families, and DVNF is pleased with the VA’s focus on this important issue.”

The committee will consist of many former military, nonprofit leaders, and other veterans and caregiver advocates. More information on this committee can be found in the VA’s release.

For more, visit www.dvnf.org.

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About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

• Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
• Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
• Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
• Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

We are helping to rebuild lives, and through our relationships with innovative organizations around the country, we are changing the way we approach giving back to veterans.