There are 5.5 million military caregivers—spouses, family, and friends of wounded, ill, or injured veterans and service members—providing $14 billion in uncompensated, voluntary care for their loved ones across the United States. These hidden heroes face great physical, emotional, and financial strain themselves, and too often have few options for healthcare support.
To address this urgent, national priority, Philips, in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is raising awareness, facilitating collaborations, and developing solutions that make a significant impact on the lives of military caregivers and identify the gaps in access to better care. Because real change happens at the local level, we are proud to play an active role in spearheading a growing network of more than 100 Hidden Heroes cities and counties committed to better serving caregivers.
This year we are proud sponsors of military caregiver celebrations happening in Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle WA, convening government, nonprofit, community, and corporate leaders and working to identify long-lasting solutions for military caregivers, creating a model that communities across the nation can use. Together, we hope to build upon our 40+ year relationship with the VA to uncover strategies, ideas and solutions for better local and national care for our military and veterans.