San Diego, CA – (PRWEB) – January 23, 2018 The PsychArmor Institute, a San Diego-based non-profit committed to bridging the military-civilian divide through free, online education courses, today announced plans to expand its offerings in its School for Military Veteran Caregivers and Families to include five new courses chosen by military and veteran caregivers themselves. According to a 2014 RAND study, there are 5.5 million veteran and military caregivers in the United States who often don’t have the support they need to care for their loved ones who are sick or injured.
Topics for the courses, which are made possible by a philanthropic investment from USAA, were selected via an online survey distributed to military and veteran caregivers nationwide, and through PsychArmor’s extensive network of over 150 advisors and partners, including its Caregiver Consultants and Caregiver Advisory Committee. The five new courses in 2018 include “Creating an Emergency Response Plan for Caregivers,” “Intimacy Issues for Caregivers,” “Caregiving in a Rural Setting,” “Managing Common Behavioral Challenges in Children,” and “Am I a Caregiver?”
“Many veteran and military family members, friends, and other loved ones often don’t realize they are caregivers,” said Marjorie Morrison, CEO and founder of PsychArmor. “When their loved ones are injured during service, they’re often thrust into this full-time role without resources or support. At PsychArmor, we’re working to change that by offering courses to help meet the caregivers’ needs right where they are. We’re so grateful that we are able to offer these courses for free thanks to the generosity of our sponsor USAA and we’re excited to be expanding the school in 2018.”
PsychArmor currently offers two dozen free online courses specifically for veteran and military caregivers. Topics range from understanding the VA to finding respite care, from navigating grief and challenging relationships to caring for the caregivers own unique needs. Courses are developed and led by experts and clinicians with deep understanding of the unique needs of military caregivers and families, and the obstacles they face.
“These hidden heroes deserve our support as they care for loved ones injured while defending our nation,” said Harriet Dominique, Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs at USAA. “USAA is honored to sponsor PsychArmor in its work to address this urgent national priority by providing educational content that is relevant, timely, and focused to support these remarkable individuals.”
In 2017, USAA received the One Star Foundation Texas Governor’s Volunteer Award for Corporate Community Impact for its support of the PsychArmor School for Military Veteran Caregivers and Families.
About PsychArmor Institute
PsychArmor Institute is the only non-profit organization in the country exclusively dedicated to providing FREE online educational courses to all who work with, live with, or care for members of the military community. Its online library of more than 165 short, self-paced course modules is available 24/7. All PsychArmor courses are evidence-based, clinically informed, and developed by national recognized subject matter experts. For more information about PsychArmor, please visit www.psycharmor.org. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
The USAA family of companies provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to more than 12 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength. USAA membership is open to all who are serving our nation in the U.S. military or have received a discharge type of Honorable – and their eligible family members. Founded in 1922, USAA is headquartered in San Antonio. For more information about USAA, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@USAA), or visit usaa.com.