Just over a year ago, we launched Hidden Heroes Cities with a goal to vastly increase awareness, caregiver self-identification, and the mobilization of community resources supporting military caregivers. We are proud to say that to date, 110 cities have signed on and are working with us to do just that.
As we move into a new year, we would like to spotlight a few of the many great initiatives and stories that are emerging in Hidden Heroes Cities across America.
Hidden Heroes Cities: 2017 Year in Review
Monterey, California launched Students for Heroes, a volunteer program that pairs local military caregivers with student volunteers who provide assistance with tasks such as yard work and household chores. WATCH:
During May (Month of the Military Caregiver) New York City celebrated local military caregivers with a screening and panel discussion of the documentary film American Veteran on the U.S.S. Intrepid.
The film’s producer Julie Cohen introduced the documentary, along with the incredible NYC Department of Veterans’ Services team. Following the screening, local military caregivers took the stage to share their stories of challenge and triumph.
Rapid City, South Dakotaunveiled its “Hidden Hero of the Month” program to recognize military caregivers in their community for the unique and important way they serve our nation and its veterans. Recipients are honored at monthly Council meetings with the presentation of a certificate, issuance of a press release, and spotlights on the City’s website and social media pages.
Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender presented SD Dole Caregiver Fellow Amber Oldfield with the “Hidden Hero of the Month” award.
The State of Arizona House of Representatives passed legislation declaring Arizona a Hidden Heroes State!
Councilmember Ray of Gilbert, AZ, Dole Caregiver Fellow Annie Remsburg, and State Representative Grantham present the State’s Hidden Heroes Resolution.
Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania joined forces with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Philips to host a major community convening, bringing together local caregivers and the government, media, community, nonprofit, and corporate leaders who support them.
VA Secretary David J. Shulkin, Senator Elizabeth Dole, Mayor William Peduto, Philips Senior VP Joe Robinson, and a panel of local military caregivers, were among those who took the stage to discuss the unique challenges facing caregivers and share strategies for more effective local and national support.
San Diego, California and Mayor Faulconer hosted a Hidden Heroes Summit, providing local military caregivers with the opportunity to connect with peer caregivers and service providers that offer resources specifically for them. WATCH:
San Antonio, TexasMayor Ron Nirenberg challenged neighboring cities in Texas to join him in supporting and recognizing military caregivers. WATCH:
Las Vegas, Nevada hosted a Hidden Heroes Summit in October, bringing together local caregivers for a day of respite, education, and empowerment.
Additionally, in partnership with the local non-profit Life After Active Duty, Las Vegas launched monthly Hidden Heroes peer meetings focused on a range of topics including: self-care, yoga, and peer empowerment.
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We are proud of the incredible growth and progress Hidden Heroes Cities are making every single day across the country. We look forward to keeping this momentum going in 2018. Together, we CAN make a difference in the lives of our nation’s hidden heroes.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership,