Military and Veteran life introduces unique challenges to the work of caregiving. You are asked to manage the workload of caregiving while dealing with relocations, deployments and family separations, financial insecurity and additional barriers to employment, and your health and wellness concerns.
For those reasons, self-care is important, but it can be far from easy to practice. Therefore, we formed the Blue Star Caregivers Program to offer a time and space to focus on yourself and establish bonds with fellow military caregivers.
We hope you enjoy the following opportunities and resources in an effort to take time for you and continue your education in the caregiving space.
Caregivers Empowering Caregivers (CEC)
While focusing on the importance of self-care in a social setting that encourages resource sharing and peer support, CEC workshops aim to enrich connections that serve you on your journey as a caregiver. These unique workshops range from 8-10 attendees and upwards to 25-30 attendees – here, you’ll find a group of friends who share your experience, understand what you are going through, and are your peer support network.
Our CEC program is both a virtual cohort to meet the needs of this community and we also have in-person workshops in some of our Chapter locations.
The following resources are regularly updated as we partner with organizations to provide ongoing educational opportunities and support.
A global nonprofit dedicated to helping military and Veteran patients, as well as family caregivers, maintain social connections and coordinate care and support around a health journey at home.
Circle of Care
A guidebook for mental health caregivers.
Click to download from Nami.org in English or Spanish.
Discover information, a glossary of terms to know, resources, and checklists to help you find and organize the support you might need — no matter where you are on the journey.
Click to download now.
Military and Veteran Caregiver Network
Our partners at Military and Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) are available to empower you as a caregiver today, tomorrow, and into the future.
National Alliance for Caregiving
The National Alliance for Caregiving aims to improve the quality of life for unpaid friends, family, and neighbors caring for someone with a mental health condition.
Operation Family Caregiver is an 8-session program by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers that offers free, customized peer-to-peer support to the families of those who have served our nation.
A national nonprofit that provides FREE online education and support to Americans who work with, live with, or care for military service members, Veterans, and their families.
Caregiving in Military Families, a special report created in collaboration with the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, examines two distinct circumstances in combination: caregiving and military families.
Health Benefits Navigator
A tool to help Veterans and their family members find and obtain service-related health benefits.
Career Resources for Caregivers
With Blue Star Careers, you can achieve your goals by accessing comprehensive career development resources — no matter where your military journey takes you.
Meet our Supporters
This program would not be possible without the support of: