Friday, November 13, 2009

November is National Family Caregivers Month

The true strength of the American family finds its roots in an unwavering commitment to care for one another. In difficult times, Americans come together to ensure our loved ones are comfortable and safe. Whether caring for a parent, relative, or child, our Nation's caregivers selflessly devote their time and energy to the well-being of those they look after. During National Family Caregivers Month, we honor the individuals providing essential services to family members who could not otherwise look after themselves.

Every day, family caregivers assist loved ones with tasks ranging from personal care and homemaking, to transportation and financial assistance. As the foundation of America's long-term care system, these individuals give millions of Americans the peace of mind and security that only family can provide.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2009 as National Family Caregivers Month. I encourage all Americans to pay tribute and support those who are caring for their family members, friends, and neighbors in need of assistance.


"Tree of Life" from the MDA Art Collection

With extraordinary compassion and tireless love, caregivers dedicate themselves to others. I APPRECIATE, HONOR, and PAY TRIBUTE to the caregivers who sacrifice so much for "Jerry's Kids" like Sean & me and many others. Our lives are so much fuller because of you. We love and thank all of you, but would like to especially thank "Grandma Joyce" who puts her life on hold every time we need her. She is the most selfless individual I know and I hope to become more like her.

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