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The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency’s Aging & Independence Services is on a push to expand its Legacy Corps program that provides temporary volunteer care for veterans and active duty disabled military members who rely on family members as caretakers.

Run in conjunction with AmeriCorps, the county has been training volunteers to give breaks to family caregivers in order to allow them to handle basic tasks out of the house such as bank and grocery store visits, or simply to provide spouses and family of veterans an opportunity for personal time or rest.

“Being a caregiver is often stressful,” Pam Smith, the Aging & Independent Services director, tells County News Service. “Arranging time away from a sick loved one can be difficult, yet having that break is critical to a caregiver’s wellbeing.”

While welcoming new volunteers, the Legacy Corps has specifically put out a call for families providing care to a veteran who would be like to take advantage of the program, particularly those in South Bay, East County, or the city of San Diego. Interested parties can e-mail Brian Rollins or call (858) 505-6305.

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