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Elizabeth Dole Foundation opens applications for 2022 Dole Caregiver Fellows

Elizabeth Dole Foundation opens applications for 2022 Dole Caregiver Fellows

Military and Veteran Caregivers are encouraged to apply by March 1 to become advocates and leaders for America’s 5.5 million hidden heroes

Washington, D.C. (January 13, 2022) — The Elizabeth Dole Foundation announces the opening of applications for their 2022 Dole Caregiver Fellows. Military and veteran caregivers from across the country are encouraged to apply before the March 1 deadline. The application can be found here.

Dole Caregiver Fellows are leaders, community organizers, and advocates for military caregivers in their states and nationwide. They are trained by the Foundation and empowered to share their stories directly with national leaders in the White House, Congress, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and other government agencies, as well as decision makers in the business, entertainment, faith, and nonprofit communities. The Fellows give valuable firsthand perspective on the most pressing issues concerning military caregivers to the Foundation, its coalition partners, and government and community leaders.

“Our Fellows are the heart and soul of our work at the Foundation,” said Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “We look forward to recruiting a new class of Fellows who represent the diversity of military caregivers across all generations, backgrounds, care recipient needs and service branches.”

Senator Elizabeth Dole created the Dole Caregiver Fellows program in 2012 to directly engage military and veteran caregivers in the Foundation’s mission. Over 220 past and present Dole Caregiver Fellows represent all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to bring attention to the tremendous challenges facing America’s 5.5 million hidden heroes – the spouses, parents, family members, and other loved ones who provide more than $14 billion in voluntary care for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans every year.

“I have personally experienced how transformative the Dole Fellows program is for both creating change in our nation and for the Fellows themselves,” said Liz Rotenberry, Fellows Program Manager, and Dole Caregiver Fellow Alumna. “Fellows give a voice to America’s military caregivers in rooms where their voices need to be heard, which is incredibly empowering for caregivers who have been overlooked for so many years.”

Caregivers with questions about the application process can email [email protected].