The Independence Fund is proud to support the heroes behind our nation's heroes by providing Caregiver retreats; focusing on small groups and time for pampering services, peer-to-peer support and respite, the caregiver is given a break from the stressful 24/7 role of military caregiving.
Our typical demographic is comprised of young wives who are caring for husbands with life altering battle wounds that decades earlier would have resulted in death, but we are also excited to care for other populations among the heroic caregiver community. In 2015, The Independence Fund hosted the first ever national retreat for male caregivers; fathers, husbands, and brothers of our nation's wounded. In 2016 and 2017, The Independence Fund hosted nine caregiver retreats across the nation, and we have another nine retreats planned for 2018.
Researchers estimate there are over 500,000 women and men who are providing care or have provided care for military members or Veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Military caregivers are at higher risk for financial difficulty, health concerns, and long term support than their civilian counterparts.
The Independence Fund is proud to be a coalition member of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation in support of the Hidden Heroes campaign.
“It brings tears to my eyes, to think of how this has changed my Life. I can now do things outdoors with my Wife and Friends. I have been to Parks, Hiking Trails and all around my Neighborhood. We have lots of plans for Fun and Adventure starting this Summer. We love to Camp and Fish and that is on our agenda. GOD Bless all of you at the Independence Fund, my Wife and I are forever grateful for what you do. I will always carry the torch for all of you!”
“This chair has given Kyle his freedom back! He sprays our landscaping for weeds, we can go for walks in the woods, and he can go hunting again. It truly is such a blessing to have organizations like The Independence Fund looking after our wounded veterans. One of the best moments is when all three of us were able to go for a walk in the woods, with my husband carrying our baby boy on his chest.”