Middletown Supports Veterans
Middletown Pledges Support for Military Caregivers as Hidden Heroes City
Joins a Growing Movement of more than 135 Communities Nationwide Committed to Empowering Caregivers in their Hometowns
Washington, February 23, 2021 — Middletown has pledged its support to local military and veteran caregivers by signing on as a Hidden Heroes City joining the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s network of more than 135 communities nationwide committed to identifying military caregivers and increasing awareness and support.
The Hidden Heroes Cities and Counties program is part of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Campaign launched in 2016 by Senator Elizabeth Dole, Campaign Chair Tom Hanks and more than 50 military caregivers representing virtually every state in the union.
Hidden Heroes raises awareness about the issues military caregivers face, brings critical resources to our nation’s “hidden heroes” caring for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, and connects military caregivers to a community of their peers.
Middletown joined the campaign as the 161st community to sign on as a Hidden Heroes County, one of the campaign's key national initiatives designed to develop military caregiver resources at a local level. Each Hidden Heroes City or County signs on to help identify local military caregivers and deepen community resources to offer them vital support.
“Middletown is strengthening our commitment to our Military veterans and families by adding the Hidden Heroes City designation to our existing Purple Heart City status,” said City of Middletown Mayor Nicole Condrey. “Caregivers are a critical element to the support network around our Purple Heart recipients and wounded veterans and are deserving of our support.”
Individuals caring for someone who served, or those who wish to support the campaign can visit HiddenHeroes.org for more information.
“I have dedicated my life to this cause because I’ve seen first-hand the tremendous impact our nation’s 5.5 million military caregivers make in the lives of our veterans each and every day, in neighborhoods big and small,” said Senator Elizabeth Dole, Founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “But their needs are overwhelming, and as a country, we must come together to find helpful ways to support them in their life-long journey of care. That begins by encouraging our caregivers to raise their hands, become a part of our Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community – it’s why our partnership with Middletown is so important.”
Senator Dole added, "The Elizabeth Dole Foundation envisions an America where military caregivers are empowered, appreciated and recognized for their service to the nation. Together, we are working towards a future where supporting military caregivers is no longer a cause, but it is part of the culture of our nation."