Patti has served as her husband’s caregiver for the past eight years. She will fulfill a two-year commitment as a resource for fellow military caregivers nationwide. Each class’s fellows give voice to military caregivers by filling the gap in services available to caregivers. Each caregiver in the fellowship aims to educate the public and create awareness based on their own situation. Being a military caregiver is a full-time job, so each fellow uniquely opens the door to fulfill that population through purposeful services.
According to the Rand Corporation, 5.5 million men and women serve as caregivers nationally, and 1.1 million of those caregivers are from the post-9/11 era. The goal of the Elizabeth Dole Fellowship is to have at least one caregiver representing each state, so this year’s selection committee looked at states with heavy military populations, granting a few more to those states. Katter will serve as one of five fellows representing the state of Florida.
|Patti and her husband, Ken|
Senator Elizabeth Dole founded the fellowship in 2012, and it has since grown in both size and ambition. The mission of the Elizabeth Dole Fellow program is to engage active military and veteran caregivers directly in the Foundation’s initiatives, allowing them an opportunity to advise our programs and play a leading role in raising awareness for the needs of caregivers throughout the nation.
Visit the Elizabeth Dole Foundation website for more information on Patti and this exciting fellowship!