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Caring for military veterans Sept. 21 topic

JACKSONVILLE – Community Hospice & Palliative Care ninth annual Caring for the Military/Veteran Caregiver Conference continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave., Jacksonville.

This family conference will welcome caregivers and caregiving experts, who present on topics relevant to the experience of caring for veterans of any age. Topics scheduled for the 2018 conference include:

  • Supporting Our Hidden Heroes: The Military Caregiver Journey
  • Caring for Your Body, Mind & Spirit
  • VA Caregiver Support Program

Opening remarks and the welcome will be issued by United States Navy Capt. (retired) Bob Buehn and Community Hospice & Palliative Care Director of Community Programs Toula Wootan. Conference guests will enjoy a complimentary breakfast and lunch. Continuing education credit will be available for eligible professionals.

With the thousands of veterans in the 16 counties Community Hospice & Palliative Care serves, it is important to continue this annual tradition, which reaches all generations of veterans and their caregivers. More Vietnam veterans are requesting services, including Advance Care PlanningHospice Care and Palliative Care. Any veteran in our hospice care can participate in the We Honor Veterans program, a veteran-to-veteran pinning ceremony to honor their service and sacrifices.

This year’s conference received the generous support of The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, with a donation of $10,000.


Topics & Guest Speakers: (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

  • Supporting Our Hidden Heroes- The Military Caregiver Journey: Laurel Rodewald, Elizabeth Dole Foundation Director of ProgramsJennifer Mackinday, Elizabeth Dole Foundation Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community Program Coordinator
  • Operation Family Caregiver Schieloh Wolfe, BS, Training and Implementation Specialist, Operation Family Caregiver, Rosalynn Carter Institute’s Military Caregiver Support Program
  • Caring for Your Body, Mind & Spirit: Baptist AgeWell Institute Upstairs Conference Room
  • Veterans Services Offered by the City of Jacksonville: Mr. Fred Berley, Veterans Service OfficerCounty Veterans Services Officer, JAX Military and Veterans Affairs
  • Services offered by the VA Outpatient Clinic: Elyssa Arevalo , LCSW V.A clinic social worker
  • Exhibitor Fair: Mary Daniel, K9s for Warriors; Carey Barwick, Community Hospice & Palliative Care music therapist will play patriotic music
  • Wounded Warrior- Their Last Battle: Deborah Grassman, ARNP, CEO, OPUS Peace; Former Director, Bay Pines Hospice, VA; Author
  • VA Caregiver Support Program- There’s Help for You:Heather Mahoney, LCSW



  • Presenting: AARP Jacksonville
  • Community Hospice Veterans Partnership
  • Brooks Rehabilitation
  • Baptist Health’s AgeWell Center
  • CareFree | Aetna


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