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Fourth Annual National Convening for Veteran Caregivers hosted by Elizabeth Dole Foundation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Philips

Fourth Annual National Convening for Veteran Caregivers hosted by Elizabeth Dole Foundation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Philips

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Philips will co-host the Fourth Annual National Convening on Veteran Caregivers, “Hidden Heroes Among Us: Inspiring Community Action in the Caregiver Journey” on October 21, 10 am – 5 pm at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.

This annual event has become a focal point for national leaders, subject matter experts, advocates and practitioners concerned with veterans’ care and caregiver support. Senator Elizabeth Dole will open the event by outlining a vision for empowering communities to further assist veteran caregivers at the local level. The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, will provide an update on the VA’s efforts to better support caregivers and assist them in caring for their loved ones.

Throughout the event, new caregiver initiatives will be announced and debuted. Among them:

  • Philips will showcase new telehealth solutions and share the notable adoption of the Military Caregiver Journey Map in local communities
  • The Foundation, VA and USAA will present an early preview of the Academy for Inclusive Care—an online continuing education program to better integrate caregivers into the clinical care team across VA facilities
  • The Foundation and Booz Allen Hamilton will demo a new data analytics platform that will identify highly-concentrated veteran caregiver communities and help partners better anticipate caregiver needs

The convening will also include presentations by veteran caregivers and roundtable discussions on key topics, including suicide prevention and building community models of caregiver support.

Select speakers are available for interviews upon request.  Speakers include:

  • Senator Elizabeth Dole, Founder, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
  • Robert Wilkie, Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (For interview requests, please contact VA Public Affairs – [email protected])
  • Vitor Rocha, Chief Market Leader, Philips North America
  • Steve Schwab, Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
  • Lynda Davis, Chief Veterans Experience Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Kevin Vigilante, Chief Medical Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Lisa Pape, Deputy Chief Officer of Patient Care Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dole Caregiver Fellows from across the nation

The National Convening is possible thanks to presenting sponsor Philips, host sponsor Hilton, and signature sponsors Booz Allen Hamilton and Wounded Warrior Project.

Media are asked to RSVP for the event. A press platform and mult box will be available with space reserved on a first come, first served basis. To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Matthew Morrissey at [email protected]. Photos will be available after the event.

The National Convening is part of Hidden Heroes Week, hosted annually by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to bring national focus to the concerns of our nation’s military and veteran caregivers.  The week begins with the 4th Annual National Convening on October 21. The following day, Dole Caregiver Fellows from all 50 states will visit Members of Congress to discuss the ongoing caregiver crisis in our country.  On October 23, the second annual Heroes and History Makers gala will honor Michelle Obama, recognize two Congressional leaders for championing military caregivers, and feature Ambassador Savannah Guthrie, with a special performance by Rita Wilson. Please contact Matthew Morrissey at [email protected] to request media access.