Keystone Program: Family Caregiver Support

Caregivers play a crucial role in the recovery process for wounded, ill and injured service members and we should celebrate their successes and support them during their challenges. Whether they are spouses, family members or friends, caregivers offer encouragement, keep track of medical issues and appointments and advocate for their service members as they navigate the complex military medical system. Since its start, YRF has maintained that the caregiver helps the whole family during a very challenging time for all.

Caregivers are often forced to make difficult choices as they focus their energies on their loved ones’ recoveries from catastrophic injuries and devastating illnesses. They may have to quit their jobs or become the family breadwinners unexpectedly. They often feel stretched handling their other duties such as caring for their children or aging parents and maintaining their households. While a service member is being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, his or her caregiver often has pressing responsibilities back home that can cause tremendous stress. They are usually far from friends and family and don’t know where to turn.

In response to the need, Yellow Ribbon Fund developed the Keystone Program. Keystone is defined as the central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together. Without the keystone, the arch will collapse. Without a strong caregiver, a military family is in danger of falling apart.

Yellow Ribbon Fund offers caregivers monthly social and networking events, fitness and wellness classes, life-skills training, and support as they transition back into their home communities.

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YRF’s Keystone Program for Caregivers is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the DMV Program has members throughout the DC area including many based at or near Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia.

We also have Keystone groups in areas near the following military bases:

Eastern United States

* Quantico

* Fort Belvoir

* Fort Meade

* Nashville, TN

* Fort Campbell, KY

* Fort Knox

Western United States

* Naval Base San Diego

* MCB Camp Pendleton

* NAS Miramar

* Naval Base Coronado

* MCB 29 Palms

* NMC Balboa

You’ll have fun and meet a network of people who understand what you are facing on a daily basis. All our events are offered 100% free of charge to military family caregivers. Many of our caregivers report they have made life-long friends through our program. Our locations each offer a variety of caregiver events such as dinners out, cooking classes, art therapy, yoga, holiday parties, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting.

Register here:  http://bit.ly/YRFkeystone