News Release 3/7/13

 

MOAA Receives Innovation Grant from Dole Foundation’s Caring for Military Families


Alexandria, Va. (Mar. 7, 2013) - Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is one of three non-profit organizations to receive a Dole Foundation Innovation Grant for executing significant clearly recognized unmet military family caregiver needs. The grant will provide immediate relief to caregivers by creating an on-line manual entitled “Tips for Lifelong Caregiving.”

“We are honored to receive this grant to produce a manual comprising what we have learned from our work to improve the physical and psychological well-being of wounded, ill, and injured warriors, families, and caregivers over the last decade,” MOAA President Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, Jr. said. “The manual includes useful information collected from six years conducting symposia and roundtable discussions at which MOAA and our partners listened to caregivers.”

MOAA is working on the project with two initial partners: USAA is providing expertise in the area of financial information, products and services, and the American Bar Association is adding its expertise in legal issues.

The Dole Foundation also announced today that Google, Inc. also has agreed to provide digital support services to MOAA and other Dole Foundation grant recipients.

MOAA will provide the labor, expertise, project management and associated work-related efforts to develop and implement the Guide. The Guide will be a web-based financial/legal tool to aid caregivers in their contingency planning and decision-making. The tool will be available to the public and will augment existing programs sponsored by the Dole Foundation, DOD, VA and other agencies and individuals supporting caregivers.

Topics covered in the Guide will include:

 

  • Medical-Disability Insurance and Benefits Programs (for example, DOD, VA Medicare-Medicaid, Social Security, Caregiver and Aid & Attendance; In-Home & Nursing Care, Retirement
  • Guardianship
  • Fiduciary Matters
  • Powers of Attorney (Durable/Non-Durable; for example, financial, medical, military, benefits, tax, debt)
  • Advance Directives
  • Legal Pro-bono Services & Resources
  • Wills
  • Financial-Estate Planning

The Guide is being developed with the active participation of caregivers and will be aimed at helping address the broad variety of needs they face in caring for their loved ones over time.

A Task Force of key contributors and pro bono support will leverage existing collaborative relationships and financial and legal expertise.

The initial digital Guide is targeted to be available by the end of June 2013. Updates will be added on an ongoing basis.