BVA Spouses to Attend 2nd Annual National Convening: The Military Caregiver Journey, Hosted by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation


(WASHINGTON, D.C., October 30, 2017) -- On November 13, 2017, The Elizabeth Dole Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, caregivers are invited to participate in a critical conversation to define the military and veteran caregiver journey and the roles each of us play in supporting their journey towards empowerment. With your help, our nation can expand support for military caregivers.

The daylong event will comprise of the emotional hardship and sharing of experiences. With former First Lady Bush being the keynote speaker, the event will also be a platform for Lindsey Smith and Jessica Harrison to share their experiences.

Lindsey Smith wife of Sergeant First Class (RET) Dale Smith got married on September 10, 2001. Earlier that year, Dale joined the U.S. Army to become an Infantryman. Dale served 3 tours overseas in both Afghanistan and Iraq. In July of 2011, Dale was severely wounded in combat when he was shot in the head by an enemy sniper. Due to his injury, he suffered complete blindness to both eyes, a severe traumatic brain injury, and a stroke. Over the last 6 years, Lindsey has cared for Dale and their three children, Cadence (11), Sage (7), and Dallin (4) as they have worked to regain their life and overcome the challenges of his injury.

Jessica Harrison wife of USMC Corporal Nate Harrison have been married for 15 years. They have 3 boys, Payton (12), Corwin (9) and Truman (5). They live in Kansas City, MO, where Nate is a Police Officer. In December of 2015, Nate got into a Motorcycle accident that left him with life threatening injuries. Jessica never gave up even though she was told that Nate had less than a 1% chance of survival. Nate was in a coma for 5 weeks but, God gave the family a miracle and he woke up January 14th. She has been his caretaker since the day of his accident were Nate had lost his right leg, had a TBI, he also was left blind.

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is the preeminent organization empowering, supporting, and honoring our nation’s 5.5 million military caregivers; the spouses, parents, family members, and friends who care for America’s wounded, ill, or injured veterans. For more information and to register to the free event, visit them at elizabethdolefoundation.org.

Now in its 73rd year of service and chartered by the United States Congress, BVA was founded by a group of 100 World War II veterans blinded in combat. Its mission is the creation of opportunities for blinded veterans to help one another. The organization offers a wide range of services to help veterans and their families meet the challenges of blindness. For more information about BVA and its services, call toll-free 800-669-7079 or visit bva.org.