When Christine Schei’s son Erik was gravely injured while serving in Iraq, she immediately began caring for him without considering the seriousness of his injuries and how it would affect her own life. Erik was bound to a wheelchair and relied on his parents to help him with basic functions such as eating and getting dressed. Christine eventually left her job as an office manager to begin caring for her son full-time.
This transition eventually took Christine to Washington, DC, to lobby for the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. She joined 18 other women who spent a day telling their stories to the legislators on Capitol Hill. Due to the efforts of Christine and others like her, the Caregiver Act was signed into law in 2010, providing crucial resources for veteran caregivers across the country.
The Policy & Government Affairs team provides caregivers like Christine and warriors like her son Erik a voice in Washington, DC. We work with Congress and the federal government to promote forward-looking policies that improve warriors' quality of life. We also encourage members of the public to reach out directly to policy makers and advocate for legislation that positively impacts our nation's bravest and their families. Make a difference in warriors' lives by taking action below!
Wartime changes a family. It shouldn’t take away their ability to have one. Don’t let our wounded veterans lose their chance to start a family.CLICK HERE
Many of our military’s most seriously injured retirees end up paying far more for healthcare than their fellow retirees.CLICK HERE