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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 letting caregivers know that they don't have to do it alone, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System will host a Celebration of Caregivers Event from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 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 for Caregivers of Veterans. Attendees can learn about these services, network with other Caregivers of Veterans, and discover tips for their own self-care and relaxation.

This program is free and light refreshments will be served.

Caregivers of Veterans injured in the line of duty on or after

Sept. 11, 2001, may be eligible for additional VA services, including a stipend, 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 at (855) 260-3274, and a website,, to provide additional resources and support to Caregivers.