Scottsdale is among the first “Hidden Heroes” cities, a nationwide effort to focus attention on the estimated 5.5 million Americans who provide daily care for military members and veterans who are injured, wounded and ill.
"If we want to be a nation that truly cares for those who have borne the battle, we must also be a nation that cares for our caregivers," said actor Tom Hanks, the campaign chair.
A proclamation issued Sept. 27 by Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane echoed that sentiment, saying that “the nation provides multi-faceted support to our wounded, ill and injured veterans and service members … but their caregivers receive little support or acknowledgement.”
At HiddenHeroes.org, a new website launched with the campaign, military caregivers can share questions and advice, find a directory of caregiver resources, and take advantage of a national military caregiver registry to help connect caregivers with support.
“Countless spouses, parents and other loved ones transform their lives and set aside their own careers to care for their wounded veterans,” said Senator Elizabeth Dole, the program’s founder. “In most cases the caregivers begin this journey in total isolation, without any support. Hidden Heroes is our way of providing these selfless Americans with the help and recognition they deserve.”
Here is one hidden hero's story:
If you aren’t a military or veteran caregiver but want to help, you can: visit HiddenHeroes.org/take-action to learn how.
Hidden Heroes is an initiative of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen and empower American military caregivers and their families by raising public awareness, driving research, championing policy, and leading collaborations that make a significant impact on their lives.