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Caregiver Information

A new benefits program for caregivers of Post-911 veterans: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2088.

 Caregiver Information by VA:  http://www.caregiver.va.gov/ 

 Caregiver Fact Sheet: http://www.caregiver.va.gov/docs/CaregiverFactSheet-Apply.pdf

 Caregivers at a Glance* 

  • 54 Million adults in the US provide unpaid care to an adult family member or friend
  • Over two-thirds are women
  • 45% are age 18-49
  • 40% are age 50-64
  • More than half are married
  • Approximately three-fourths have worked while caregiving
  • Over 40% say they did not have a choice in taking on the caregiver role
  • A majority assist their loved one with at least one activity of daily living (usually helping the person in and out or bed and chairs)
  • Over 50% experience medium to high levels of stress as a result of the demands of their role as a caregiver
  • One-quarter say they have a difficult time coordinating care with health care professionals or service providers

*National Alliance for Caregiving and American Association of Retired Persons Survey - 2009

*State of Oregon - Oregon Reintegration Team

-You can reach the State of Oregon's Reintegration 24 hour number at 1-888-688-2264

Military veterans are disproportionately diagnosed with Mesothelioma, especially Navy veterans

Helping to bring you hope, faith, and action when navigating through mesothelioma.

Click here for Oregon Reintegration Website.

*Department of Defense Compensation and Benefits Handbook

-The Department of Defense has developed a comprehensive handbook describing compensation and other benefits service members and their families would be entitled to upon separation or retirement as a result of serious injury or illness. The handbook was compiled in cooperation with the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and and the Social Security Administration. Additionally, there are references to assistance provided by other governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations.

-After a brain injury, there are often difficult decisions to make. Fortunately, there are many resources available in Oregon to assist with the rehabilitation process.

 *Traumatic Injury Insurance

 -Severely injured warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan also will get cash payments, of $25,000 to $100,000, under a rider to Service members’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) approved as part of the Emergency Supplemental Wartime Appropriations Act signed May 11.

-The law directs the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to establish the traumatic injury rider by Dec. 1, and to make payments retroactive to Oct. 7, 2001, the start of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Payments will vary based on severity of injuries.

Link for SGLI: http://www.insurance.va.gov/sgliSite/default.htm

*Returning from the War Zone

The Returning from the War Zone, A Guide for Military Personnel is a guide is for service members returning from deployment. It contains information to help military personnel understand what to expect when returning from a war zone, and to help them to better adapt back to home life.

Reintegration is an adjustment for all involved. This information aims to make this process as smooth as possible and covers:

  • A description of the common reactions that occur following deployment to a war zone
  • Information about possible problems to watch out for, including PTSD
  • How expectations about homecoming may not be the same for service members and family members
  • The effects that war zone stress can have on your family and work life
  • What you can do to help yourself with readjustment


-A program,by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, to educate the public about the needs of injured service members, veterans and their families as they reintegrate into their communities.

Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs http://www.oregon.gov/odva/INFO/Pages/about_us.aspx

Oregon National Guard   http://fortoregon.com/

Oregon National Guard Family Program  “Oregon National Guard Families are Ready, Resilient, and Self-Reliant”

In order to support this vision, the Program has several Family Assistance Centers available throughout the state to assist families of deployed military members. These “FACs” provide information and referral services to military families, and can direct individuals to resources for pay problems, legal issues, emergency assistance, finan­cial assistance, childcare, and counseling information. Family Assistance Centers are not limited to Guard use only – they are all joint service operations and will assist all military members or their families.

Family Program Office  brochure
Anderson Readiness Center (Salem) 1-877-881-5181

Program Director
Michelle Kochosky
(503) 584-2245 (office)
(503) 269-7490 (cell)

Program Assistant
  Jennifer Kotz
(503) 584-2391 (office)
(541) 910-7777 (cell)

The Family Program acts as a liaison between the military and the family, helping to ease the strain of deployment, to answer questions that families have regarding the military and to provide a support network for family members.

Care Option Resources   www.careoptionresources.com

Care Option Resources (COR) are a team of experts in their field. Our team includes an Eldercare Advisor, Financial Consultants, and Accredited VA Attorneys. We will consult to help determine the best course of action for care needs, what to expect, and plan for the rest of your life.

Our vision and goals are to service and support the community, work with Non-Profit Agencies, and give back to help those that fought for and protected us; to educate and inform seniors and veterans about what is available to them.

With the recent economic downturns, many seniors are in fear of what is ahead for them. Many have lost some of their estate in the stock markets. Some fear or realize they don't have enough to live on, especially with rising medical expenses. Our commitment is to help during these times of need; to find whatever resources are available to maintain the quality of life they deserve.
PO BOX 80453

Military Quick Links

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Home of Defense and Veterans Head Injury Program

Back to School Guide  http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/material/back-school-guide

Guide to Academic Success After Traumatic Brain Injury
The Back to School guide is an excellent resource for service members or veterans with ongoing symptoms from a traumatic brain injury to consult in the pursuit of higher education.
Whether it is college, university or vocational school, this online resource helps with the following:
■ navigating campus life
■ managing ongoing symptoms
■ learning strategies for success
■ transitioning smoothly to a civilian setting
■ advocating for personal improvement

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center – Blast Injury

Military One Source

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Military Family Support

My Army Life Too for Army Families

Deployment Health Support

Military Spouse

Military Spouse Support Network

National Military Family Association

MOM – Mothers of the Military

Parents’ Guide to Talking With Their Children About War




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