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 local leaders committed to identifying long-lasting solutions for Veterans and their caregivers. Together, we hope to build upon our 45+ year relationship with the VA to uncover strategies for better local and national care for our military and Veterans and create a model that communities across the nation can use.
This year we are continuing our campaign and visiting Seattle, Boston and Minneapolis to help shine a light on the vital role our Hidden Heroes play, and discover how we can continue to get them the right support they need to provide care wherever they need it.