Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib spoke today at the Washington state launch of Operation Family Caregiver at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center, celebrating a program focused on providing support and resources, using evidence-based methods, aimed at easing military to civilian life transitions for veterans and their families.
The Washington chapter of Easterseals was selected as the statewide caregiver of the program, which helps families of returning service members and veterans adjust to the “new normal” by coping more effectively with problems they never imagined. Specifically, trained coaches help the families learn to overcome the obstacles they face and to manage any challenges that might come along.
“As a child with a disability, I was extremely lucky to benefit from services and programs like the ones being launched here today,” he said, pledging his support for veterans and his desire to assist in easing their transition.
In fact, the U.S. has sent more than 2.5 million men and women to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, and more than 50,000 have been wounded. Moreover, beyond such visible injuries, nearly one-third of the returning service members have a mental health condition or have experienced a traumatic brain injury, according to an Easterseals release.
Habib praised American servicemen and women while emphasizing the need for social services that address the stark realities involved with transitioning from a military life to that of a civilian.
“Those who have served our country and their families have earned our wholehearted commitment to helping them transition home to find health and purpose,” said Habib.