Gila County joins ‘Hidden Heroes’ program


Gila County residents who are taking care of a military or veteran family member will gain some help connecting with local resources, thanks to a resolution the County Board of Supervisors passed this month.

On April 5 the board voted unanimously to declare Gila County a ‘Hidden Heroes County,’ becoming part of a national program – the Hidden Heroes initiative, established in 2012 by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation - that connects military and veteran caregivers with agencies that can assist them.

“There are a lot of caregivers out there who don’t even recognize that they’re a caregiver. They’re simply  supporting their family and doing the honorable thing that they think is right,” said County Facilities Management Director Joseph Dickison.

As a ‘Hidden Heroes County,’ Gila County pledges to identify such caregivers in local communities. The county will also work to educate local governments, nonprofits and other organizations, and employers on the needs of military and veteran caregivers, and help create opportunities for assistance. In addition, the county will help connect caregivers to resources by setting up an annual observance or resource fair, in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

“It looks like a really good program, and it will fit perfectly with the veterans camp in Young,” said Supervisor Woody Cline. “Hidden Heroes is already strongly established in Arizona, and we would like to add to that."

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