Partnership in Connecticut Offering Veteran Caregiver Program

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly, and veterans affairs leaders met Wednesday to discuss a new Veterans Caregiver Program (Photo provided by Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs)

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) – Training for caregivers on how to prepare a healthy and home cooked meal for Veterans that need assistance. That’s what will now be offered in Connecticut thanks to a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Braveminds. Commissioner Sean M. Connolly was joined by Senator Richard Blumenthal and founder of Peace of Mind Brain Injury Services for Braveminds Dr. Kara Gagnon to announce the partnership. Caregivers Kitchen is the name of the meal preparation program that will be served up to Veterans and their spouses at the Rocky Hill campus.

Caregivers Kitchen strives to increase elder comfort by providing caregivers with the skills and knowledge to plan, prepare and serve safe and nutritious meals in the elder’s home. The Caregivers Kitchen Culinary Training Series was designed to fill a need in the home care industry. The curriculum is tailored exclusively for the needs of older adults and those with disabilities.

Braveminds is a non-profit organization helping spouses and children of our military and Veterans suffering from brain injuries and Post Traumatic Stress with programs focused on caregivers and families.

Commissioner Sean M. Connolly says “This collaboration offers invaluable support to the often overlooked Veteran caregiver. We’re grateful for the addition and the expertise that Braveminds brings as we continue to open the campus to serve the more than 200,000 Veterans in this state.”

“This new partnership is an exciting, promising initiative to support caregivers– unsung heroes who sustain and enhance lives of veterans in their own homes,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal. “Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress or other invisible wounds of war benefit beyond words from family care, and the caregivers need support as well to do this valuable work.”

“Caregivers play a tremendous role in the lives of our Service men and women and they can in turn feel isolated and have a sense of hopelessness,” said Dr. Kara Gagnon. “Caregivers Kitchen allows healing to happen through the preparation of meals and gathering families together. I am grateful for this new partnership with the DVA and what the future holds for Connecticut’s Veterans and their caregivers.”

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