Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) have partnered to examine the nuances and needs of the military caregiving family in order to provide recommendations for how to best serve them.
The Caregiver & Family Well-being White Paper takes a deep dive into data collected in MFAN’s 2021 Military Family Support Programming Survey, WWP’s 2022 Annual Warrior Survey, and 2023 WWP Caregiving Focus Groups.
“This effort illustrates MFAN’s and WWP’s shared commitment to understanding the journeys of post-9/11 veterans and those who care for them—and our focus on creating data-informed solutions,” according to MFAN President and Executive Director Shannon Razsadin.
Specifically, the white paper raises awareness of the complexities and support gaps of caregivers, individuals who offer aid and support to a service member or veteran who requires care for injuries, illness, or impairments. Findings suggest this population needs deeper and broader support systems like peer networks, health and well-being services, financial support, and special considerations for caregivers who are also parents. The research also highlights that caregivers were more likely to report loneliness and moderate or poor family health than those who are not caregivers.
“This study makes me feel that the struggles I have faced as a military caregiver are finally seen and heard,” said Jenna Malone, a military caregiver. “I am hopeful that these studies will promote change and highlight the need for more advocacy and support for caregivers. We have and continue to sacrifice so much in caring for our loved ones, which directly impacts our physical and mental well-being, and it is reassuring to know that we are not forgotten in our caregiving journey.”