President Obama today declared November as Military Family Month and National Family Caregivers Month — which is exactly what programs like Maryland’s National Guard “Partners in Care” do. Initiated by chaplains, it establishes a “memorandum of understanding” between faith communities and the Maryland National Guard which spells out, essentially, that the Maryland National Guard will support the congregations with training and other services while the congregations will provide assistance and support to National Guard members and their families regardless of religious affiliation.
People who work with wounded veterans and know the program applaud it. There is an effort to take the program nationwide and broaden it from the National Guard to the veteran community at large.
Here is a Religion & Ethics Newsweekly feature on Partners in Care:
If you know of other programs out there that can serve as models, get the word out during Military Family and National Family Caregivers Month — and, most of all, let’s all let our local leaders know about models we’d like to see reproduced in our communities.