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Caring for the Veteran Caregiver Virtual Zoom Conference

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Edward Linsmier

Join us as we explore the rewards and challenges unique to those who care for men and women who have served our country. Tune in for the information and resources; stay for the support and encouragement; and leave with a feeling of hope and confidence in your caregiving journey.

Registration provides access to any session within the conference. You may attend all of them or just one! Register here.

9 am ET: The North Florida/South Georgia VA Health Care System, The Caregiver Support Program Through the VA
Learn about the Caregiver Support Programs YOU qualify for through Veterans Affairs. This will include the General Caregiver Support Program and the Comprehensive Assistance, new eligibility criteria, and how to access these programs.

10:30 am ET: Kathryn Thomas, Self-Care for the Caregiver
This workshop is for caregivers and former service members to assist them in assessing where in their life they can implement self-care to recharge and increase connection with those they love. Thomas, a service disabled veteran, will share real-life tools to help individuals learn ways to decrease stress and anxiety in the midst of unprecedented and unpredictable times.

Noon ET: Deborah Grassman, Soul Restoration: A Program for Personal and Professional Caregivers
Whether providing care to a family member or working as a professional healthcare provider, caregivers face loss, change, and transition on a daily basis. Because the losses are chronic, they may not even be recognized, subtly robbing the care provider of their own sense of self (a Soul Injury). The literature now recognizes this as “Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder” (STSD). The Opus Peace Soul Restoration program for caregivers provides education on STSD and discusses ways to transform the brain by installing new “software.” The Soul Restoration ceremony then acknowledges the hardships that care providers have incurred, teaches them how to grieve and release the losses they face, and helps them learn how to become a “gracious receiver.”

1:30 pm ET: Peter Rosenberger, Hope for the Caregiver
Educating, entertaining, and empowering audiences across the country, Peter Rosenberger offers poignant insights into the life of a caregiver. Weaving his deep compassion for fellow caregivers with his outrageous humor, Peter assuringly points others to safety and helps them develop plans to live a calmer, healthier, and even more joyful life as caregivers.

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