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So much for the burden of taking care of the wounded warrior call some family members.
-- makes adjustments to care for the returning heroes physical injury difficult enough but many families have the added challenge of having to cope with emotional and mental scars.
That these warriors often bring home with them.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation serves as advocates for these caregivers joining me now is its founder former North Carolina senator Elizabeth Dole.
And -- -- Sawyer whose husband.
So there is so many of our veterans they're coming back from war.
Some of them have physical scars with some of the scars we really can't -- you know that may be toughest of all to deal with the emotional and mental scars yes.
Tell us how your organization is helping -- caregivers -- that's.
Those are the sort of the unsung heroes aren't -- Right no question.
And make should start by saying that my husband Bob Dole was hospitalized but did what -- -- Walter reed Army Medical Center.
For almost eleven months several years ago.
And I had an opportunity -- to visit so many of the wounded warriors than they.
Caregivers who were with them as I heard the stories I couldn't believe what was happening governor.
If indeed that caregiver in so many cases.
Is literally providing.
Floor of feeding the you know bathing dressing room.
In the home setting.
They are trying to navigate across so many different health care systems because as you say.
The soldiers -- they're coming back with multiple ones.
Many who would have.
Died in former wars are surviving but a lot of them have very difficult problems.
Which required diverse medical systems.
So the caregiver is trying to.
Don't coordinate across those systems they're looking after the emotional needs trying to keep their emotional balance for their.
They're looking after financial issues many of them it's really 24/7.
Duty because they may be the only person.
Who is available mistrusted and who's knowledgeable in -- -- and today it's truly.
I think overwhelming that so many times we aren't realizing what the families are going through I Andrea I know that your husband when he came back.
-- was faced with a lot of challenges both physically and emotionally.
And there was one point in which he even contemplated taking his own life -- How did it.
It hit you when he came home that this was not just -- will have a hug we'll have a kiss will.
Get a good night's sleep and everything's going to be fine.
Sure Mike it's certainly hitting it that was certainly the drain that we had a hug and a kiss and everything was okay it was very apparent when he returned.
I was 33 at that time I had -- my husband since he was sixteen he had a completely different personality.
He what is.
-- a lot of headaches he would stumble and fall quite often any six point five says it was kind of noticeable when he fell.
-- really different -- he had always been a very gentle agreeable person and he was.
Really angry when he first returned to the point that.
We went on a family vacation and had an innocent where.
Who would that felt that I couldn't get him calm down enough and that the children I need to needed to remain ourselves.
From the situation.
Locked ourselves in the bathroom until he can calm down because he wouldn't leave and that was just not the -- and I knew.
And ever time the anger left and we spiral down into depression -- ultimately I listened to my husband's suicide plan.
His plane and -- split historic.
I it instantly had to leave my job because I couldn't teach and keep an island -- and its.
It's -- long journey but we have managed to you really fight to you bring him back and he's not where he was but he certainly has made a lot of progress and that's.
That's just what we continue to advocate for his progress for -- and progress for us -- the poignantly.
Andrea it doesn't sound to me like that the resources.
Whether it's that -- the military of the VA.
Has been there to help you do you feel that.
You're pretty much on your -- at this.
Point the government looking into the needs of caregivers and supporting caregivers is a new area.
Especially military caregivers and says.
Last certainly think we can do more and -- and it needs are in their infancy of this study of what caregivers actually -- in their infancy -- certainly think we are further along than when we started.
Certainly there needs to be more study.
But but caregivers need which is certainly what the adult foundation -- -- with the Rand study is to really.
Talk with -- caregivers and find out what caregivers think we need instead of someone telling us what we need Hala -- -- Senator dole -- it's obvious that there's a need for what you're doing and and it's to be an advocate for these families what do you need.
In order that the country does it's a moral duty and fulfills an obligation to be -- -- place.
What's the foundation is doing primarily would be to increase awareness we've got to raise awareness of the issue here.
There has been of significant inquiry according to -- With regard to the wounded warrior.
A great deal of philanthropy.
But the needs of the caregiver.
Of the wounded warrior.
Unknown when they are hidden heroes.
And they are there people that I admire and respect so much they're taking care of those who were defending our freedom and our security.
And about the way this less than 1% of our population right now.
And so there's a lot of knowledge of this across America.
So we want to raise awareness thank you again for being here it is a real pleasure.
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