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Nonprofit Offers Support For San Diego Military Caregivers

Aired 11/5/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Lori Van Tilburg, Executive Director, Southern Caregiver Resource Center

Jessica Bleigh, military wife and former caregiver

Transcript

Military spouses dream of the day when their husbands or wives will come home from deployment and normal life can start again. But for some military spouses, homecoming is the start of a new normal: when veterans return with life-altering injuries.

Operation Family Caregiver

Because San Diego is home to the largest concentration of veterans in the country, many spouses and family members find themselves in a role they've never played before: caregiver. The nonprofit organization Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC) is trying to help military spouses adjust to this new role.

Military Caregiver Benefit

Wednesday, Nov. 6, SCRC will host an event benefiting Operation Family Caregiver.

The benefit will be held at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center from 4:30 - 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person.

The organization recently launched Operation Family Caregiver, a free support program targeting family caregivers of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) coupled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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