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Free Caregiver Support Group

Oceanside CA– In collaboration with Wounded Warrior Battalion West, Southern Caregiver Resource Center’s (SCRC) Operation Family Caregiver program is offering a support group for spouses/significant others of post-9/11 service members and Veterans with PTSD and/or TBI.

Being in a caregiving situation, regardless of how complex, can be a difficult experience. Caregivers may feel isolated, confused, frustrated, depressed, stressed and limited in terms of knowledge and choices. Support groups that embrace the concept of ‘peer support’ can be very helpful to individuals who are in a caregiving situation and/or who are concerned about a loved one. SCRC’s support groups are professionally facilitated and are a place where participants can freely share experiences, coping strategies, concerns, helpful tips and resources. Participants gain knowledge and receive both emotional and social support.

SCRC has been providing caregiver support services since 1987 and is a private, independent, non-profit agency.

What: Support group for spouses/significant others of post-911 service members and Veterans with PTSD and/or TBI. This group is open and no registration is required. No official diagnosis of PTSD or TBI is necessary. This group is free of charge.

When: The third Thursday of every month from 1700-1830 hours (5-6:30pm).

Where: Wounded Warrior Battalion West, Camp Pendleton. The Hope and Care Center, Building #27833 (off of Santa Margarita Road).

This group will be facilitated by Crystal Bettenhausen, MSW/MSG, SCRC Family Consultant. For more information about this group or other services, contact Crystal Bettenhausen, MSW/MSG, (Family Consultant, SCRC) at (858) 268-4432 or cbettenhausen@caregivercenter.org or Christine Wiese (Family Readiness Officer, Wounded Warrior Battalion West) at (760) 763-9056 or christine.wiese@usmc.mil.