Caregivers Of Wounded Soldiers About To Get Some Help

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She is the face of all caregivers of injured soldiers in New York.

"Active duty, there is nothing for the caregivers," Teresa Henning said. "We're kind of on our own."

Henning's husband, Staff Sgt. Michael Henning, remains active duty after serving three tours in Iraq. He returned with a traumatic brain injury, a damaged shoulder and ankle, and two purple hearts. 

"Because of his traumatic brain injury, his short-term memory, sometimes he doesn't remember what the doctor has told him that he needs to do and that type of thing," she said. "That's common.

"Your boss will only let you take so much time off, typically, to be able to attend somebody else's appointments," she said, "so, it's a struggle."

Teresa Henning works as an instructor at Fort Drum while caring for her husband.

"It's very emotionally draining and it can be expensive," she said.

A new Rand Corporation report commissioned by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation says 5.5 million Americans care for service members who have been injured.

"The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is putting together a coalition to help these caregivers to give them the rest that they need and to make sure that they have what they need to take care of themselves, so they can take care of their veterans,"

Teresa Henning will be at the White House on Friday, standing with First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole.

That's when the details of the nation's new commitment to strengthen support for caregivers of the nation's injured military will be announced.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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