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Wayne County Commissioners pledge support for "Hidden Heroes" military caregivers

Wayne County Commissioners on Sept. 5 unanimously supported a resolution pledging to support those who care for military veterans by becoming part of the national Hidden Heroes campaign created through the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

Commissioner Monique Baker McCormick (D-Detroit), a U.S. Army veteran, introduced the resolution.

Hidden Heroes raises awareness about the issues military caregivers face, brings critical resources to our nation's "hidden heroes" caring for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans and connects military caregivers to a community of their peers.

By approving the resolution, the county joins the Hidden Heroes Cities and Counties program, a nationwide movement of more than 135 communities that have pledged to support and empower military caregivers. Each Hidden Heroes City or County pledges to help identify local military caregivers and deepen community resources to offer them vital support.

"As a Wayne County Commissioner and a veteran, I am proud to serve my community and country. Now it is time for us to take care of and bring the much needed resources to caregivers and ensure they have the help they need to continue providing for our veterans, they deserve the best. Together, we can make a difference" Commissioner Baker McCormick said.

The Hidden Heroes Campaign was launched in 2016 by Elizabeth Dole, a former U.S. Senator, campaign chair Tom Hanks and more than 50 military caregivers representing nearly every U.S. state.

"I have dedicated my life to this cause because I've seen first-hand the tremendous impact our nation's 5.5 million military caregivers make in the lives of our veterans each and every day, in neighborhoods big and small," Dole said. "But their needs are overwhelming, and as a country, we must come together to find helpful ways to support them in their lifelong journey of care. That begins by encouraging our caregivers to raise their hands, become a part of our Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community - it's why our partnership with Wayne County is so important."

She added, "The Elizabeth Dole Foundation envisions an America where military caregivers are empowered, appreciated and recognized for their service to the nation. Together, we are working towards a future where supporting military caregivers is no longer a cause, but it is part of the culture of our nation."

Those caring for a military veteran as well as those who wish to support the Hidden Heroes campaign can learn more by visiting HiddenHeroes.org.