Breakthrough Series – Military Caregiving: Challenge to Courage – Nov. 19

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The Breakthrough Series (formerly known as Lunch and Learn) presented by The Center for Volunteer Caregiving will kick off its 2019-20 talks on Tuesday, November 19 starting at 1:30 pm at the Five Points Center for Active Adults, 2000 Noble Road, Raleigh. The theme for 2019-20 is “Caregiver Perspectives”.

On November 19 and in observance of Veterans Day, we welcome Karee White, a military caregiver who is part of the Hidden Heroes Program created by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. Hidden Heroes brings vital attention to the untold stories of military caregivers and seeks solutions for the tremendous challenges and long-term needs they face. Raleigh is part of the Hidden Heroes Cities and Counties Program, a growing network of cities and counties working to better serve military caregivers and share best practices. Karee will share with us her story of challenge and courage.

Once again, Waltonwood Lake Boone will provide healthy refreshments. Many thanks to Waltonwood for feeding our bodies while we feed our minds!

Click here to RSVP for the November 19, 2019 presentation. The Breakthrough Series is supported by Resources for Seniors and is open to all.

Karee’s Bio — Karee Van Wert White served three tours of duty in Europe and the US. She was the first female to graduate from French Commando School (the French version of the US Army  Ranger School) in 1986, leaving the service as an Army Major, a paratrooper in Special Operations Command, serving at Fort Bragg.  She continued to embrace the fitness standards she loved in the military, training nationally as a Fitness Instructor to train others in her local community, while she and her husband of 33 years, raised their nine children. She wrote for several local newspapers, advocating for the many achievements of community members. Five years ago, her oldest daughter suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in an auto accident following combat deployment to Afghanistan.  White spent the next year by her daughter’s side, advocating and supporting her as she remained in a coma.  Four years ago, the Whites brought their daughter home to live with the family.  Six of her nine children have served in the military, as well as her husband, and some are currently serving. White continues to pursue Veteran support initiatives.  Selected as a 2018 Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow representing the state of North Carolina, White seeks to bring greater awareness and support to our nation’s nearly six million military caregivers.