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Caregiver Support

The Department of Veterans Affairs is implementing a telephone support program to help the spouses of returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, after a pilot support program showed a significant reduction in stress for spouses. Returning to civilian life after living in constant combat readiness can be a shocking transition, and it is the immediate family, the spouses and children, who bear that br...unt of the transition with those who served.

The spouse telephone support program, which is part of the VA's Caregiver Support Program, builds spouses' ability to cope with the challenges that reintegration to civilian society can bring, helps them serve as a pillar of support for returning veterans, and eases the transition for families after deployments. Spouses in the pilot program reported decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety, with an increase in social support.

Spouses participated in 12 telephone support groups over six months. The focus is on problem solving and communications, relationships, mental health and resilience. A trained, nationwide team of VA medical center staff members, including many caregiver support coordinators, will lead the support groups.

Typical issues spouses and veterans face after deployment include communication difficulties, the need to renegotiate family roles and responsibilities and the added stress of combat related injury. Spouses of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have reported feeling overwhelmed, depressed, anxious and frustrated.

The program is based on research by the Memphis VA Medical Center and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Researchers developed and studied interventions for family members of veterans and military personnel. Their work with spouses of post deployed and deployed military personnel is funded through the Defense Health Program, managed by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command.

Providing support to family caregivers is the right thing for the VA to do. A simple series of phone calls can do so much good. Certainly those who fought for our nation and the spouses who allowed them to make the sacrifice deserve this support. The more support we can provide to the family, the better the outcome will be for our veterans.

The VA has a Web page,, with general information on spouse telephone support and other caregiver support programs available through the VA and the community. For additional information contact your state and local veterans representatives. In our area contact Robin Greer at 817-573-4282 or Lee Downs at 940-325-2998.

Kenedy Memorial Foundation Grant



Grace After Fire was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Kenedy Memorial Foundation based in Corpus Christi.  The purpose of this grant is to suppport the employment of a Woman Veteran as the Coastal Bend Outreach Coordinator.


ABOUT THE KENEDY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION* The Kenedy Memorial Found is organized exclusively for charitable purposes.  Founded in 1961 by Sarita Kenedy East, granddaughter of Mifflin Kenedy and Petra Vela Kenedy, the Foundation has donated more than 200 million dollars to charitable causes and organizations in Texas.  In South Texas, where the majority of the its contributions have been made the Foundation is one of the major contributors.

The Arlington Woman's Club to hold a benefit BBQ

God Bless the USA

and the

Arlington Woman’s Club

A Red, White and Blue Evening


Dinner, Auction, Music

Saturday November 12, 2011

5:30-9:30 PM

Dinner served 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

5819 Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington TX


Benefitting:  Grace After Fire and women veterans


For more information call:  (817) 277-7666

Purchase tickets at the AWC:  1515 W. Abram Street Arlington TX


Tickets are $15.00

Women Veterans Retreat

Protect-Connect-Renew Women Women Veterans Retreat will be held August 12-14, 2011 at the Inn of the Hills Resort & Conference Center in Kerrville. Women Veterans who reside in the 19 counties* served by the Hill Country MHDD are invited to attend this free retreat.


Breakout session topics will include: Understanding Benefits, Living Healthy, How to  Tame the Woman Warrior,  and Relationships. Sessions will also include discussion on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Sexual Trauma, and Veterans Disabilities. Other activities include Yoga, Massage, Meditation, and Peer-to-Peer Support.


Pre-Registration is required to attend this free retreat. Veterans who register by July 11 will be entered in a special prize drawing. Resort Accommodations and Meals are included with the retreat sessions and activities.


To register and for additional information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Verizon Foundation Gifts $5,000 to Women Veterans Organization

Austin, Texas.  June 10, 2011 — In an effort to help women veterans returning home from service, Verizon, presented a $5,000 check to Grace After Fire, an organization designed to aid women suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or having a difficult time readjusting to civilian life.


The money will be used to increase public awareness of the challenges faced by women veterans and to increase outreach efforts to these American heroes who served our nation.


“We are honored by the generous donation from the Verizon Foundation and applaud the foundations mission of strengthening communities by helping women Veterans and their families.” states Olson.



Grace After Fire, a 501c3 organization is dedicated to ensuring women veterans have equitable access to care.  Their dedicated staff specializes in identifying resources to help women reintegrate into society and to deal with issues such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, suicidal behaviors, drug and alcohol dependencies.  Become a women Veteran fan at

ABOUT Verizon Foundation

The mission of the Verizon Foundation is dedicated to forging partnerships and focusing on social issues that impact our employees, customers, and communities in the area of education, literacy, health and safety.