Conference offers respite, support to military-connected caregivers

USO of North Carolina and Patriot Military Family Foundation host Caregiver’s Mini Conference in Charlotte

Charlotte, N.C. – North Carolina is home to the third largest military population in the country. Among that population is a group of “hidden heroes,” or military caregivers providing care and assistance for military service members and special needs children. To support those caregivers’ overall health and wellness, the USO of North Carolina and Patriot Military Family Foundation are hosting a Caregivers Mini Conference, May 31 – June 1, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The conference, designed to help professional and family caregivers of current and former service members and special needs military children, includes sessions focused on communications styles, self-care techniques, art and outdoor therapy, financial management and more. Sessions will be guided by subject matter experts using research-based learning activities.

“Military caregivers work to support those who have served and sacrificed for our country every day,” said John Falkenbury, USO of North Carolina president and CEO. “That service comes with challenges and we are proud to offer this opportunity which will help attendees address those challenges, promote self-care and provide respite.”

“One of the most critical items that military and veteran families need is the caregiver training that enables caregivers to support their veteran or child and maintain a strong health family unit,” said Richard Cantwell, Patriot Military Family Foundation chairman. “We encourage all North Carolina military caregivers to attend this mini conference, and know they will walk away from the event with new skills and tools necessary to help them throughout their caregiving journey.”

Professional and family caregivers are eligible to attend the Caregivers Mini Conference at Harris Conference Center. Resources and childcare are complimentary for attendees and hotels will be provided to caregivers traveling more than 35 miles to the event venue.

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About the USO of North Carolina: The USO of North Carolina strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. Founded in 1941, the USO of NC is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of NC serves the fourth largest military population in the U.S. through critical education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs across the state, resulting in nearly 600,000 service connections each year. For more information, visit

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