Renowned for her support of military caregivers, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole will chair the newly formed Veterans’ Family, Caregiver, and Survivor Federal Advisory Committee, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said in a release.
The committee will update the VA on matters of importance to veterans’ families, caregivers and survivors nationwide, with a particular focus on engaging involved parties to ascertain their priorities for service needs, the release said.
“The VA is committed to the delivery of highest quality care and support to our veterans, and recognizes the essential role their families, caregivers, and survivors have every day,” VA Secretary David Shulkin said in the release. “Senator Dole is an accomplished and experienced advocate for veterans’ caregivers (and) I am honored that she will chair this landmark committee.”
Dole served as Transportation Secretary under President Reagan and Labor Secretary under President George H.W. Bush prior to becoming North Carolina’s first female senator, serving from 2003 until 2009. Additionally, she founded two entities centered on military caregiving: the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the Hidden Heroes Campaign, the release said.
“Military families, caregivers, and survivors are truly our nation’s hidden heroes, and make great sacrifices each and every day on behalf of their loved ones, so we must do more to support them on their journey,” Dole said in the release.