WASHINGTON, D.C. — Angela Brooks, of Belleville, is among this year’s class of honorees named by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation as Dole Caregiver Fellows.
Some 31 military and veteran caregivers were chosen. As a military/veteran caregiver, Brooks will represent the state of Illinois from 2017-2019.
The men and women will share their stories to bring attention to the challenges caregivers face and advocate for America’s military and veteran caregivers through the Foundation’s newly launched Hidden Heroes initiative.
The group will use its collective voice to advise the Foundation, its coalition partners and government leaders on issues concerning military caregiving.
“As a Dole Caregiver Fellow, I want to advocate for my fellow caregivers, while not accepting the status quo. I will not be afraid to voice my concerns,” said Brooks, who as a Dole Caregiver Fellow hopes to show others the importance of sharing experiences to ease the loneliness that too often accompanies caregiving.
Brooks became a caregiver when her husband Robert, an active duty Air Force Staff Sergeant, began to exhibit signs of Post Traumatic Stress, major depressive disorder and anxiety. While balancing caregiving, a family, and a Masters program in Marriage and Family Therapy, Brooks is recognized in her community for bringing groups together to share caregiving experiences.
She is a Wounded Warrior caregiver, an active member of the Scott Air Force Base Spouse Club and the Military Caregiver Virtual Peer Group.
— From the Illinois Business Journal