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St. Cloud VA to host Celebration of Caregivers

Taking care of the Veteran you love can be an incredibly demanding job. In the spirit of honoring those family caregivers of our nation’s heroes, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System will host a Celebration of Caregivers Event from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Auditorium (Bldg. 8) on the St. Cloud VA Medical Center campus, located at 4801 Veterans Drive in St. Cloud.

VA provides a number of services to support and educate caregivers of veterans. Attendees can learn about these services, network with other caregivers of veterans, and discover tips for self-care.

This program is free and light refreshments will be served.

Caregivers of veterans who were severely injured in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, may be eligible for additional VA services, including a stipend and comprehensive caregiver training.

The event is hosted by Jess Behrends, the St. Cloud Caregiver Support Coordinator (CSC), who acts as a point of resource and referral for caregivers of veterans. She can help caregivers access various services for their veterans within the VA.

The VA has established a toll-free Caregiver Support Line (855) 260-3274, and a website www.caregiver.va.gov, to provide additional resources and support to caregivers.