This experience will strengthen the relationship between Hope For The Warriors® and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, collectively impacting the services we provide military families and caregivers nationwide.
Annandale, VA (PRWEB) April 04, 2015
Hope For The Warriors® is pleased to announce that a staff member was awarded the Elizabeth Dole Fellowship for 2015 and 2016. Patti Katter, Veteran & Military Caregiver Program Coordinator with Hope For The Warriors®, was chosen as one of over 50 recipients of the Fellowship, which allows caregivers the opportunity to advise programs and play a leading role in raising awareness for the needs of caregivers throughout the nation. Hope For The Warriors® is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.
Katter has served as her husband’s caregiver for the past eight years. She will fulfill a two-year commitment as a resource and advocate for fellow military caregivers nationwide. Each class’s fellows give voice to military caregivers by advocating on their behalf for providers to fill the gap in services available to them. Each caregiver in the fellowship aims to educate the public and create awareness based on their own situation. Being a military caregiver is a full-time job, so each fellow uniquely opens the door to fulfill that population through purposeful services.
According to the Rand Corporation, 5.5 million men and women serve as caregivers nationally, and 1.1 million of those caregivers are from the post-9/11 era. The goal of the Elizabeth Dole Fellowship is to have at least one caregiver representing each state, so this year’s selection committee looked at states with heavy military populations, granting a few more to those states. Katter will serve as one of five fellows representing the state of Florida.
"I feel that my roles, as an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow and the Military & Veteran Caregiver Program Coordinator with Hope For The Warriors®, enhance one another and allow me to provide an advanced level of support and advocacy for the military caregiver community," said Katter.
“Hope For The Warriors® is excited for Patti to be part of this fellowship that focuses on caregivers,” said Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors® President. “This experience will strengthen the relationship between Hope For The Warriors® and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, collectively impacting the services we provide military families and caregivers nationwide.”
Senator Elizabeth Dole founded the Fellowship in 2012, and it has since grown in both size and ambition. The mission of the Elizabeth Dole Fellow program is to engage active military and veteran caregivers directly in the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s initiatives, allowing them an opportunity to advise the Foundation’s programs and play a leading role in raising awareness for the needs of caregivers throughout the nation.
For more information on Katter and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, please visit elizabethdolefoundation.org.
Hope For The Warriors® Mission Statement:
We believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. Nationally, Hope For The Warriors® provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.
Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org) for four consecutive years. Charity Navigator is an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits.
Hope For The Warriors® (Federal Tax ID 20-5182295) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code. Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27800.