May is Month of the Military Caregiver
May is Month of the Military Caregiver and is used to honor more than five million caregivers in the United States. It is important that we pay tribute to those who care for the veterans of our country.
Generally, caregivers are relatives of the wounded veteran. However, sometimes friends, neighbors, and co-workers take on the responsibility as well. The care and assistance provided promotes faster recovery, most importantly, but also saves our nation millions of dollars in health care costs.
Month of the Military Caregiver is not a federal holiday. It is primarily an observance that raises awareness for both wounded veterans and those who care for them.
Some may look at this and say it's the same as National Family Caregivers Month, and while they share the same goal for awareness, during the month of May, the focus is specific to Caregivers of Servicemembers. Month of the Military Caregiver is in May, and National Family Caregivers Month is in November.
The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that family caregivers spend at least 24 hours a week providing care for veterans. Approximately 25% of these people will spend more than 40 hours each week providing care.
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