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AARP Arizona Joins Other Groups in Calling on Congress to Pass the 'RAISE Family Caregivers Act'


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A large group of organizations are pressing Congress to take action to support family-caregivers--who help veterans, individuals with disabilities, older parents, and others, live at home.  The bipartisan "RAISE Family-Caregivers Act" has already passed, unanimously, in the U-S Senate--and now awaits action in the House.  One of these groups--the "Elizabeth Dole Foundation"--works with military-caregivers.  Senator Dole says...

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FIVE-AND-A-HALF-MILLION MILITARY- AND VETERAN-CAREGIVERS ARE CARING FOR LOVED-ONES WITH DEVASTATING WOUNDS, ILLNESSES, AND DISABLING INJURIES--VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE.  BY PASSING THE 'RAISE ACT', WE CAN CREATE AN IMPORTANT PATH FORWARD, SO MILITARY FAMILY-CAREGIVERS--ALL FAMILY-CAREGIVERS--GET THE SUPPORT THEY DESPERATELY NEED."

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The "RAISE Act" would create a national strategy to support family-caregivers.   Britnee Fergins cares for her father; she says...

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MY 91-YEAR-OLD FATHER--WHO'S A 'WORLD-WAR TWO' VETERAN--REQUIRES A LOT OF ATTENTION.  I ALSO HAVE A VERY ENERGETIC, THREE-YEAR-OLD SON--AND I WORK 12-HOUR SHIFTS AS A CHEMIST.  IT'S A CONSTANT JUGGLING-ACT--AND, SOME DAYS, I'M AFRAID I'M GOING TO DROP THE BALL."

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Family-caregivers, like Britnee, provide unpaid care valued at about 470-billion dollars, annually.  "Autism Speaks" executive vice-president of programs and services, Lisa Goring, says...

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MILLIONS OF FAMILY-MEMBERS ARE FORCED TO STEP IN, AS FULL-TIME CAREGIVERS, TO KEEP THEIR LOVED-ONES WITH AUTISM AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SAFE AND SUPPORTED.  NOW IS THE TIME FOR A NATIONAL STRATEGY TO SUPPORT ALL FAMILY-CAREGIVERS--TO ENSURE THEIR LOVED-ONES A BETTER FUTURE."

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The groups say family-caregiving crosses political and ideological divides.  "A-A-R-P Arizona" state-director, Dana Marie Kennedy, says...

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RIGHT NOW, MORE THAN 804-THOUSAND ARIZONANS ARE CARING FOR LOVED-ONES, SO THEY CAN LIVE AT HOME--HELPING TO DELAY OR PREVENT MORE-COSTLY CARE.  THEY HELP SAVE TAXPAYER-DOLLARS.  THE 'RAISE ACT' IS A COMMONSENSE STEP, TO MAKE FAMILY-CAREGIVERS' BIG RESPONSIBILITIES A LITTLE BIT EASIER."

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To contact your representative about the "RAISE Act", call 1-844-259-9351.



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