The report made four key recommendations: encouraging the development of tailored programs and interventions; fondos, promoting and creating support for the entire family; raising awareness through national campaigns and coalitions so that Americans can understand the needs of children in military caregiving homes more broadly; and partnering with federal and local agencies to reduce barriers to health care and other services supporting those families.
The Office of the First Lady said that both public and private-sector commitments to support Hidden Helpers will be announced at Wednesday’s event.
“Today’s White House event is about those ‘Hidden Helpers,’ bringing them out of the shadows, telling their stories, and pledging to do everything we can to support them. It’s exactly what Joining Forces is about — fulfilling our sacred obligation to those who serve and the families who serve alongside them,” Joining Forces Executive Director Rory Brosius said in a statement.
Brosius continued, “Hidden helpers are incredible, strong kids, but they aren’t superheroes. They deserve a community of adults who are willing to fight for them — and Joining Forces, along with the 60 partners of the Hidden Helper Coalition, will do just that.”
Dole, a former senator from North Carolina whose namesake foundation is aimed at supporting military caregivers, has been a vocal supporter of Biden’s Joining Forces initiative.
“At a time when so many of us have been left to wonder what can heal our country’s hardening divisions
, Dr. Biden is poised to show us
,” she wrote in an op-ed for Military.com
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The event and subsequent report, Elizabeth Dole Foundation CEO Steve Schwab said, will “expose the challenges facing the youngest members of military families and for the first time provide substantive impact in their lives.”