AMERICAN FORK — The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, an organization that aims to empower, support and honor the nation’s 5.5 million military caregivers, has named Angie Toone as one of 28 Dole Caregiver Fellows.
This year’s class includes spouses, mothers, fathers and sons whose veterans served in all branches of the military and across all eras of war.
“Our fellows are the heart and soul of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation,” Dole, a former U.S. senator, military wife and the foundation’s founder, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome their unique voices and contributions to our work. Though they come from different states and territories and care for veterans and service members with a variety of needs, these brave men and women share common stories of struggle and triumph, resilience and hope. I look forward to working with them as they mobilize their communities, and the nation, in support of hidden heroes.”Comment on this story
Toone met her husband, Kenny, who served in Iraq, around the time he suffered his first full psychotic break, according to her biography. She said he is living with all the symptoms of a schizophrenic, along with bipolar disorder, paranoia, major anxiety, panic attacks, chronic depression and combat post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms such as nightmares and flashbacks.
In her role as a Dole Caregiver Fellow, Toone will advise the foundation, its coalition partners, and government and community leaders on the most pressing issues concerning military caregivers, as well as mobilize the community to strengthen, support and develop resources for military caregivers, who provide more than $14 billion in voluntary care for wounded, ill or injured veterans.
To learn more about the foundation, log on to elizabethdolefoundation.org.