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Multiple Sclerosis Caregivers/Partners

Caregivers and Care Partners are very important to our Veterans with MS! It's important to take care of yourself as you care for your loved one with MS. If you aren’t healthy, it's harder to provide good care.

VA Caregiver Support Resources

The VA Caregiver Support website has a wealth of resources for you, including self-care and caring for your Veteran. Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274.

The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a great resource that connects wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them. 

VA and PsychArmor Institute are offering a FREE course about Understanding the VA for Caregivers.  

The VA Office of Rural Health has a great website with resources for Veterans and a Caregivers Video Series. 

VA Geriatrics and Extended Care has worksheets and handouts for Caregivers and Veterans on shared decision-making, well-being and advance care planning, home and community based services, residential settings, and nursing homes.

VA Coaching Into Care is a VA national telephone service family members and friends can call for support and resources for a Veteran. Call: 1-888-823-7458.

National MS Society

The National MS Society is our community partner, and has resources to assist people with MS and their Caregivers/Care Partners. Contact an MS Navigator at 1-800-344-4867 for help finding care partner resources in your community. 

REACH VA - MS

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REACH VA - MS stands for "Resources for Enhancing all Caregivers Health of Veterans for Multiple Sclerosis."

Ask your VA MS Care Team or VA Caregiver Coordinator about REACH VA - MS. Certified REACH VA Program Coaches help Caregivers develop skills in stress management, disease-specific knowledge, and coping strategies to reduce Caregiver stress and burden.

Caregiver Resources

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Burnout

Caregiver Organizations

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Communication Skills

Depression and MS   

Emotions and MS   

Goal-Setting and Problem-Solving

Happiness and Quality of Life

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DISCLAIMER: The VA MS Center of Excellence (MSCoE) does not endorse non-VA products, services or manufacturers. Such names appear here solely because they are considered helpful information. MSCoE assumes no liability for the recipient’s use of any product or service mentioned. MSCoE does not independently verify whether the information provided by each service provider is accurate. MSCoE undertakes no responsibility to verify whether the service provider is appropriately licensed and certified and has applicable insurance coverage. MSCoE is proud to be a source of information on multiple sclerosis related topics. The information provided is based on professional advice, published experience, and expert opinion, but does not constitute medical or legal advice. For specific medical advice, consult a qualified physician. For specific legal advice, consult a qualified attorney.


MSCoE Social Workers

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Maggie Kazmierski
MSW, LCSW-C, MSCS
MSCoE-East
VA Greater Maryland
Baltimore, MD

Alicia Sloan
MPH, MSW, LICSW
MSCoE-West
VA Puget Sound
Seattle, WA

Jan Spencer
MSW, LCSW
MSCoE-West
VA Portland
Portland, OR