Great Resource for Military & Veteran Caregivers
The Military Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) recently became a part of the American Red Cross mission to support the members of military and veteran communities.
- The mission of the MVCN is to provide our nation’s pre- and post-9/11-era military and veteran caregivers with peer support to reduce their isolation and increase their sense of connectedness, engagement, hopefulness, wellness, as well as their knowledge and skills.
- The MVCN offers caregivers access to the highest quality peer support programs and services– online and in their communities– through collaboration with partner organizations, agencies and groups that share a commitment to reducing caregiver isolation.
Military and veteran caregivers can access the services of the MVCN by contacting their local Red Cross office to secure a referral.
- Caregivers can also go to https://milvetcaregivernetwork.org/ and fill out the brief application.
- After caregivers fill out their name and email, they are contacted via email with further instructions and a vetting document.
- All caregivers are vetted through documentation or by partner referral such as Blue Star Families or The Elizabeth Dole Foundation.
- After vetting, caregivers receive their login credentials to the secure custom online caregiver assistance.
The MVCN allows caregivers to offer one another support, understanding and encouragement.
- The focus is on America’s approximately 5.5 million caregivers of military and veteran wounded, ill or injured.
- Support is offered through three peer-based programs:
- Online Peer Support Community
- Online & Community-Based Peer Support Groups
- Peer Mentor Support Program
The MVCN helps caregivers of all ages and stages to include clinicians, partners and supporters.
- They provide access to three open caregiver-focused services:
- Resource Library
- Caregiver Master Calendar
- WeCare Magazine (E-zine)
The Military and Veteran Caregiver Network is modeled on the nationally recognized, evidence-based programs of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS),
- TAPS programs offer compassionate peer-based support to more than 60,000 loved ones of those who have died during their service in the Armed Forces.
- The MVCN took this model and changed the scope to support military and veteran caregivers.
To find out about MVCN programs and services, as well as the opportunity to join a secure custom caregiver only community, go to https://milvetcaregivernetwork.org/