AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - A Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving program for families of newly returning service members and veterans will expand to three new regions, the organization announced Friday.
The program, called Operation Family Caregiver, will expand to sites in Augusta, GA, Houston, TX, and Tallahassee, FL.
Operation Family Caregiver is a program that provides support to the families of newly returning service members and veterans by teaching military families skills necessary to overcome unforeseen challenges.
"After a year, we are seeing people come through the program, and it is easy to see how much more equipped these caregivers are to provide the right kind of support to their husbands, wives, and children," said RCI's executive director Dr. Leisa Easom in a statement. "We know the program works, and we just need to make it available to more families."
The announcement will also be made at RCI's 27th Annual Summit and Training Institute, which takes place at Georgia Southwestern State University.
At the summit, the family of Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg will offer insight.
Remsburg was deployed 10 times before being injured in 2009 in Afghanistan. After three months in a coma, he has suffered debilitating physical and mental injuries and endured dozens of surgeries.
His stepmother, who, with Cory's father, has cared for Cory since his injury, will speak of the tremendous challenges for caregivers to overcome.
Operation Family Caregiver launched in 2012 with catalytic funding from Johnson & Johnson. The program was piloted in Johnstown, Pa., and expanded to San Diego, Calif.; Killeen, Texas (Fort Hood); and Buffalo, N.Y., in 2013. It can be provided in person or via Skype.
The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is a division of Georgia Southwestern State University.
It advocates for evidence-based research to address the strain and burdens associated with family, volunteer, and professional caregiving.