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Caregiver Community Connection (C3) is an interactive web series that aims to empower, inspire, and engage America’s military, veteran, and family caregivers.

Episode topics include but are not limited to: healthy lifestyle hacks, self-care and self-love, personal and professional development, financial wellness, mental and physical health, leadership, sharing your story, and more.

Powered by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), C3 seeks to educate caregivers about tools, resources, and strategies to help them thrive; combat isolation in the caregiver community by leveraging a platform that encourages peer connection; and provide uplifting content that promotes positivity and gives caregivers an opportunity to recharge. Additionally, this series helps the Foundation keep a pulse on caregiver needs so we and our partners can work to address them.

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May 5, 2020

Let’s “Taco” About Health

Special Guests: Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington, CEO of Wounded Warrior Project; James Herrera, Physical Health and Wellness Director at Wounded Warrior Project

May 7, 2020

Take a Breath: Breathing Techniques to Cope with Stress

Special Guest: Tricia Winklosky, Senior Director Clinical Health & Wellness, Hope for the Warriors

May 12, 2020

A Candid Conversation: Sharing our Caregiving Stories

Special Guest: Lee Woodruff, Speaker and Author, Co-founder of Bob Woodruff Foundation

May 14, 2020

Doing our Part: Virtual Volunteerism Amid COVID-19

Special Guest: Betsy Eves, Director of Wounded Hero & Caregiver Program, Operation Gratitude

May 19, 2020

Healthy Hacks for a Positive Mindset

Special Guest: Amy Looney Heffernan, MPA, Vice President of the Travis Manion Foundation

May 28, 2020

Money 101: Financial Wellness for Military Families

Special Guests: Laura Roberts and Kelly Miller of Prudential Financial

June 9, 2020

Don’t Sweat It! Stress Free Home Workout

Special Guest: Stephen Kidd, Co-Owner and Trainer at Phoenix Fitness

June 18, 2020

Let’s Take Care of You! Tapping into VA Whole Health Resources

Special Guest: Dr. Ben Kligler, Executive Director of the VHA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation (OPCC&CT)

July 18, 2020

Virtual Caregiver Support in Times of COVID-19

Special Guest: Lisa Pape, Deputy Chief Patient Care Services Officer, Care Management and Social Work at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

July 9, 2020

Building a Neighborhood: A Mayor’s Journey to Reinvent Stockton

Special Guests: Mayor Michael Tubbs, Stockton California and EDF Fellow Kelly Hunsucker

July 23, 2020

From Boots to Suits

Special Guests: Carol Eggert, Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal

July 28, 2020

Let’s Talk Texas! Virtual Town Hall: Supporting Military and Veteran Caregivers

Special Guests: Veterans of Foreign Wars, Endeavors, Wounded Warrior Project, VA-Texas, El Paso County

August 6, 2020

Strengthen Your Inner Voice

Special Guests: Michelle Stotlz and Susan Hayward of One to One Women Coaching Women 

August 19, 2020

Sesame Street & You: Caring for Each Other During COVID-19

Special Guests: Sabrina Huda and Jeni Sereni of Sesame Workshop

September 8, 2020

Supporting the Military Community’s Health & Wellness

Special Guest: Mike Erwin, Executive Director of Team Red, White & Blue

November 18, 2020

LinkedIn 101: The Basics Every Caregiver Should Know

Special Guest: Emery Popoloski,  Dole Caregiver Fellow Alumna

November 24, 2020

Creating a Positive Vision: Vision Board Session

Special Guests: Barbara McNally, author of Unbridled: A Memoir, Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife and Four Faces of Femininity for an episode focused on visualizing your future.

December 17, 2020

State of the Caregiver Community Q&A w/ Steve Schwab

Special Guests: Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation

January 12, 2021

Helping Our Hidden Helpers: The Role of Military Children

Special Guests: Hannah Hutler Boyd, Chief Program Officer, Camp Corral and Caira Benson, Elizabeth Dole Caregiver Fellow

February 11, 2021

The Benefits of Yoga for Self-Care and Sustainable Caregiving

Special Guests: Jennifer Henius, Founder of Yoga4Caregivers

March 4, 2021

Tell Your Story with Patton Veterans Project

Special Guests: Liz MacNeill, Interim Executive Director; Chris Ungco, Filmmaker and Workshop Supervisor, Patton Veterans Project

March 18, 2021

Courage through Counseling: Q&A with Cohen Veterans Network

Special Guests: Caitlin Thompson, Vice President, Community Partnerships, Cohen Veterans Network

June 2, 2021

Finding Freedom Through Tapping

Special Guests: Yoga4Caregivers

September 30, 2021

Top Tips for Resumes and Networking: A Caregiver Guide to Employment

Special Guests: Jonathan Morris, Director of Business Program Requirements, Warrior Care Recovery Coordination Program

October 7, 2021

Entrepreneurship 101: Launching Your Caregiver-Owned Small Business

Special Guests: Stephanie Brown, Founder and CEO of The Rosie Network; Precious Goodson, Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow – Class of 2015, LLC owner.

November 4, 2021

Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Special Guests: Author Jeff Gottesfeld.

January 13, 2022

Gratitude Journaling: Inspirational Self-Care for Caregivers

Special Guests: Kristin Meekhof, M.S.W., Author and Life Coach, A Widow’s Guide to Healing. 

May 24, 2022

Understanding the Lasting Impact of Veteran Brain Injuries

Special Guests: Dr. Robert A. Stern, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University; Dr. Chris Nowinski, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CEO, Concussion Legacy Foundation; Dr. Sidney R. Hinds II, MD. FAAN Col (Ret.), United States Army, Medical Corps, Vice President for Brain Health Strategy and Research, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).

Jul 22, 2022

Caregivers and Money: Taking Control of Your Financial Future

Special Guests: Shawn Moore, Financial Wellness Manager, Dole Alumna Fellow 2017, Elizabeth Dole Foundation; Tania Robinson, FSCP®, Financial Planner, Worksite Education Program Speaker, Prudential Pathways.

Aug 11, 2022

What Matters Most? Supporting You with Advance Care Planning

Special Guests: Laura Taylor, LSCSW, National Program Manager, Advance Care Planning via Group Visits (ACP-GV) Program, Veterans Affairs (VA); Gissa Hernandez, LCSW, National Project Assistant (Detailed), Advance Care Planning via Group Visits (ACP-GV) Program, Veterans Affairs (VA); Mary Hahn Ward, EDF Fellow 2016, Author/Podcast Host, This Caregiver Life.

Join Us for Maintaining Balance: Online Yoga for Caregivers

Being a caregiver can be stressful and overwhelming. That’s why we teamed up with Yoga4Caregivers to empower the military caregiver community to recharge and reconnect with their resilience through the power of yoga. We hope to help provide caregivers with education, empowerment and so much more. Grab your mat and sign up here.

Friendship, understanding, community, connection, validation, support, and resource sharing – find all of this and more on our Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community (HHCC). If you help care for a wounded warrior or veteran at home, become part of our peer support network and find your tribe.

In uncertain times like these, our work to support America’s military and veteran families is more important than ever. Your gift today will provide critical programs to reach the most vulnerable families in our community and ensure military caregivers across the country can access the support they need to care for themselves and their wounded warriors throughout this pandemic.