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National Military Family Association Awarded Grant to Research How Caring for a Wounded Parent Affects Military Children

 Washington, D.C.  – The National Military Family Association (NMFA) was awarded a grant from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Fund today, to support efforts to address the impact caring for a wounded veteran parent has on a child’s development. NFMA is among thirteen organizations nationwide receiving funding for innovative, evidence-based programs that focus on the long-term needs of military caregivers, the spouses, parents, children, and loved ones caring for wounded, ill or injured service members and veterans at home.

“Through the Hidden Heroes Fund, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation continues to build a strong, nationwide network of support for America’s military caregivers,” announced Senator Elizabeth Dole, president of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “This year’s recipients are some of the most respected organizations working on behalf of the veterans’ community and caregivers, and together, they will help ensure our nation supports our hidden heroes for years to come.”

Through this grant, NMFA will collaborate with support organizations, subject matter experts, and caregivers to create a shared action plan to address the impact of a parent’s trauma and caregiving on a child’s development. The participants will work together to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by children who are caregivers, and will serve as a call for further research in the field. The findings will be the basis for future programming and support for those military children.

“We are grateful to the Elizabeth Dole Foundation for shining a light on these unseen heroes,” said NMFA Executive Director Joyce Raezer. “Their sacrifices have gone unnoticed for far too long. We can’t think of a better partner and advocate for these children who have given so much of themselves to support their wounded, ill or injured parent.”

For a full and detailed list of Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s 2018 Hidden Heroes Fund Grant recipients, click here. If you are interested in interviewing Elizabeth Dole Foundation leadership or grant recipients, please contact Katie Haswell at [email protected] or 202-414-0799.


The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, veteran, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit www.MilitaryFamily.org.