Vet to Vet Maine recognizes the stress that comes with being a caregiver of a veteran with disabilities. We have undertaken this new program to help reduce some of the stressors caregivers face and to provide a support network of caregiver peers who can share stories and information and offer support to one another.
Volunteer Coordinator: Kathy Lavigne
- Expand on the successes of the Vet2Vet Maine Program to include caregivers
- Recognize caregivers’ untold service to veterans
- Promote a support group for caregivers
- Help facilitate connections among caregivers
- Provide information about resources for caregivers
- Establish and maintain an updated list of V2VME veteran caregivers.
- Hold quarterly meetings to build a network for caretakers using a peer to peer sharing environment with keynote speakers from the community to inform and educate caregivers.
- Distribute a Caregiver Directory so caregivers have an opportunity to contact one another between regularly scheduled meetings. Inclusion in the directory must be approved by each caregiver.
- Distribute a Resource Guide for caregivers.
- Invite caregivers to annual Volunteer Recognition event.
The V2VME Caregiver Support Network welcomes all caregivers who care for a veteran in the Vet to Vet Maine program in any capacity. Caregivers include spouse, son, daughter, relative, friend, or emergency contact.
- Caregivers feel more connected to V2VME and other caregivers
- Caregivers feel less socially isolation/alone
- Caregivers benefit from peer support
- Caregivers benefit from resources and information provided
Outputs (measures of outcomes):
- Survey caregivers annually on Caregiver Support Network program and its effect on them (measure feelings, resources, connections, etc.)
- Collect anecdotes on caregiver program
- Record number of caregivers participating in program
- Establish contact with Elizabeth Dole Foundation Military Caregiver Leader in the Hidden Heroes city of Augusta ME
- Encourage caregivers to sign up on the Elizabeth Dole national registry to receive notices of online support and resources.
- Develop a registry of speakers and presentations to empower caregivers.
- At each quarterly meeting, encourage caregivers to suggest topics for future