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Nebraska governor recognizes military caregivers as ‘Hidden Heroes’

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LINCOLN, NE (KTIV) -- Military caregivers in Nebraska will now be recognized as "Hidden Heroes."

Gov. Pete Ricketts made that proclamation Monday at a signing ceremony. Ricketts said this makes Nebraska the fourth state to have a "Hidden Heroes Program" in conjunction with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

He said it's important to recognize those caregivers who are supporting our military members who come back from defending our freedoms.

"It often is one of the spouses to make sure they are providing, to make sure the kids get taken care of and go to activities and are also maybe the breadwinner," said Gov. Ricketts. "But, have to take care of all the legal and financial things with regard to the family, the complex medical conditions that maybe accompany their loved one, and so forth. So we need to recognize the heroes in our society because this is a lot of work."

Ricketts said their goal is to be the most veteran and military-friendly state in the country.

Officials with the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs said you can get involved as well, and help out a "Hidden Hero."

"This is applicable to all Nebraskans that care about our military and our military families," said John Hilgert, Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs Director. "For example, someone who is caring for a veteran, a military family, maybe would like to have some rest, maybe would like to have some help running errands. Every situation is very unique and very different. There's an opportunity for all Nebraskans to participate and support our hidden heroes."

If you'd like to get involved, check out their website here.


LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts held a news conference Monday morning to help recognize military caregivers.

KTIV App Users: To watch the news conference on KTIV's Facebook page, click here.

Ricketts was joined by the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs to proclaim military caregivers as "Hidden Heroes."

Ricketts also highlighted the state's participation in the Hidden Heroes program.

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