In 2017, the unemployment rate for military spouses hit 23%, nearly three times the national average. At NMFA, we know the struggles military spouses have to overcome when trying to balance a purpose-driven career; something the military doesn’t always accommodate.
The weight of caregiving is often too much for grown-ups to bear so how is being a caregiver impacting our littlest heroes? The sad answer is: we don’t know. And that’s not ok. RAND estimates that there are 5.5 million military caregivers in America. So, we can expect that the children of these caregivers number in the millions too.
National Military Family Association and Elizabeth Dole Foundation Launch Initiative to Support Children of Military and Veteran Caregivers
NMFA and Elizabeth Dole Foundation hosted a forum focused on the children of caregivers. Participants worked together to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by these children and produce a shared action plan that will serve as the basis for future programming and support.
PTSD and mental health issues don’t just affect the service member. It can affect all members of the military family.
Military dependents who received short term mental health assistance as children could now potentially be excluded from joining the military as adults.