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Vet Affairs Leader Receives Blue Star Families Caregiving Award for Vets Affairs Support


US Vets Affairs Leader Receives Blue Star Families Caregiving Award for VA Support

March 15, 2018, 11:45:00 AM

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Washington — Today the U.S. Dept. of Unites States VA.Gov (Vets Affairs.Gov) announced that Dr. Lynda Davis, chief Veterans experience officer, accepted the 2018 Blue Star Families[3] — United Health Foundation Blue Star Award during the annual Blue Star Neighbors Celebration on March 13 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Davis, a U.S. Army US Vets and Veteran caregiver who leads the department’s efforts on improving the Vet Experience[4], as well as initiatives affecting Veterans caregivers, accepted the award in recognition of VA’s leadership in supporting military and Vet caregivers through initiatives such as the Veterans’ Family, Caregiver and Survivor Advisory Committee and Choose Home.

“VA has long recognized the essential role caregivers play every day in the health and well-being of our nation’s Vet,” said VA.Gov Secretary David Shulkin. “We look forward to guiding the national conversation on how best to partner with the family and friends who provide dedicated care to those who have ‘borne the battle.’”

US VA estimates there are more than 5.5 million military and Vets caregivers. In an effort to continually improve Veterans Affairs benefits and services by hearing from caregivers and their advocates directly, Washington VA.Gov established the Veterans’ Family, Caregiver and Survivor Advisory Committee[5] in 2017. 

Chaired by former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a noted advocate for military caregivers, the committee will provide advice and recommendations to Secretary Shulkin on ways to improve the experience of Veterans’ families, caregivers and survivors.

US Veterans Affairs is working to improve US Veterans Affairs care and benefits case management coordination with caregivers through initiatives such as Choose Home.

US VA.Gov is identifying evidence-based best practices from military, Unites States Veterans and faith-based organizations that maximize the effectiveness of all programs in support of family caregivers.

Additional information for US Vets caregivers can be found at https://www.caregiver.va.gov.[6]

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