On May 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET, VA, in collaboration with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation (EDF), will host the Seventh Annual National Caregiver Convening. This partnership with EDF reflects VA’s beliefs that caregivers are essential to Veterans’ care and have earned our nation’s gratitude and support.

We are proud to join EDF at this year’s event as we continue to put caregivers front and center, giving them the recognition and attention they so rightfully deserve.

This year’s convening, titled “Bold Steps for the Future: Action, Policy, & Priorities,” will lay out steps for the future of caregiving, address policy, and establish priorities through which we can create a better environment for caregivers and Veterans alike. The Convening will feature speakers from EDF and VA and other experts, caregivers and keynote remarks.

Offering remarks will be Senator Elizabeth Dole and Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Donald Remy. Register here.

7th Annual National Caregiver Convening agenda

·       Opening Remarks

  • Steve Schwab, CEO, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
  • Kim Mingo, VP Government Sales and Business Strategy, Philips

·       State of the Caregiver Conversation

  • Steve Schwab, CEO, The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, moderator
  • The Honorable Donald M. Remy, deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Meg Kabat, senior advisor for Families, Caregivers, and Survivors, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

·       A Message from General Mike Linnington, CEO, Wounded Warrior Project

·       Understanding the Experiences and Challenges of America’s Military and Veteran Caregiver Survivors

  • Melissa Comeau, director of the American Red Cross Military and Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) Red Cross

·       Panel: Support in the Journey from Caregiver to Survivor – A Roadmap for the Future

  • Bonnie Caroll, president and founder, TAPS
  • Ann Duff, director, Office of Survivor Assistance, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Chad Maxey, Chaplain Program manager for Family Care and Bereavement, Office of Chaplain Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Laura Taylor, national program manager for Advance Care Planning via Group Visits, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Qwynn Galloway-Salazar, founder, In Their Honor, LLC

·       I Am a Caregiver

  • Dole Caregiver Fellows

·       Special Address by Senator Elizabeth Dole

·       A Message from Dr. Kevin Vigilante, chief medical officer, Booz Allen Hamilton

·       Panel: Prioritizing Healthy Caregivers: A Vital Component of Aging in Place

  • Colleen Richardson, executive director, Caregiver Support Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Daniel Schoeps, director, Purchased Long-Term Care Policy Group in the Office of Geriatrics & Extended Care, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Prince Taylor, deputy director, Center for Development and Civic Engagement, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Bob Stephen, vice president, Caregiving and Health Programs, AARP
  • Angelena Taylor, 2021 Michigan Dole Caregiver fellow
  • Leah Christensen, national program manager, Caregiver Support Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • A message from Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP
  • Campaign for Inclusive Care Presentation and Champion Awards Announcement

Fine more information about VA’s continued commitment to supporting Veterans and their caregivers.

By Hans Petersen is senior writer-editor for Digital Media, VHA Office of Communications. An Air Force Veteran, Hans also served two years in the Peace Corps and worked for 20 years in broadcasting before joining VA.

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