America’s 5.5 million military caregivers—spouses, family, and friends of wounded, ill, or injured veterans and service members—face great physical, emotional, and family strain, and far too often face these challenges alone. Many caregivers are the sole breadwinners for their families, and most are balancing the responsibilities of managing a household, childcare, legal needs, and complex medical conditions. This results in higher rates of anxiety and depression, and deteriorating health for the caregivers themselves.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation works to empower and support these hidden heroes nationally and in 108 cities. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation and its partners at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Philips, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh wanted to celebrate these hidden heroes, while launching the Hidden Heroes Cities program in Pittsburgh. By convening government, nonprofit, community, and corporate leaders, they were able to identify long-lasting solutions for military caregivers and create a model that communities across the nation could leverage.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation asked CURA Strategies to help amplify the message within the City of Pittsburgh The Elizabeth Dole Foundation: Celebrating Hidden Heroes in the Steel City through print and digital media.