How Military, Veteran Caregivers Can Apply for Well-Earned Respite Relief

How Military, Veteran Caregivers Can Apply for Well-Earned Respite Relief
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A recent webinar hosted by MOAA and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation provided details on a new program providing respite relief for military and veteran caregivers, and a firsthand account from one caregiver who benefitted from the relief.


Jackie Henry, the programs manager, Direct Care Services, with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, shared eligibility requirements and details on the application process for Respite Relief for Military and Veteran Caregivers, a program offering family caregivers of veterans or servicemembers access to free, short-term relief with the help of in-home care professionals. Jenny Jeffery – whose husband, Capt. Mark Jeffery, USA (Ret), suffered a career-ending injury in 2007 in Iraq – shared details on the great support she found within the respite relief program.



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The program offers 35 hours annually of free respite care. Respite relief services include:

  • Meals
  • Housekeeping
  • Transportation
  • Exercise
  • Companionship
  • Mobility
  • Medication reminders
  • Toileting
  • Bathing
  • Grooming


Learn more about the program by downloading this fact sheet (PDF). For more details and to complete the online application process, visit


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About the Author

Capt. Pat L. Williams, USN (Ret), PhD, PHR®
Capt. Pat L. Williams, USN (Ret), PhD, PHR®

Williams serves as MOAA's Program Director, Engagement and Transition Services. She served 35 years in the Navy in multiple high visibility leadership positions. She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources.