Military Caregiver Survey

Shundra Johnson returns a wedding ring to her husband Coast Guard Lt. Sancho Johnson after his seated discus practice at the Navy’s wounded warrior training camp for the 2015 DoD Warrior Games in Port Hueneme, Calif., in May 2015. Shundra is also her husband’s caregiver. (EJ Hersom/Defense Department)

Faithful readers, thank you, as always, for taking the time to learn and share more about Veteran Mental Health. A key component of the mental health and wellness of former service members is the support that we get from our families; I know that I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for my wife, and I tell her as often as I remember to…which isn’t nearly often enough.

I’m working on a new project to support those often silent and unseen heroes, the caregiver for the wounded, injured, or ill service member. We had the honor of being able to host a very real and important communication from a military caregiver, Amy Taft. The caregivers of the veterans I work with require support and encouragement, and I hope to be able to develop some resources to do so.

I’d appreciate it if you would take a few short minutes, if you are a caregiver or know of one, to fill out this survey. If you’re not a caregiver, share it with some that you know. Gathering the collective wisdom of these amazing individuals will further support their efforts at supporting those who have served.

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Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a mental health counselor practicing in the state of Colorado. Do you want to join the conversation regarding veteran mental health? Share, like, and comment. Read Duane's previous posts and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep the conversation about #veteranmentalhealth going.