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QC Joins Hidden Heroes Campaign

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The Quad Cities has joined a national program to honor, and help, people who take care of wounded, ill, and injured veterans. "Hidden Heroes" supports military caregivers, is sponsored nationwide by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, and already has chapters in more than 100 cities.

Trish Simester from Muscatine is a "hidden hero," taking care of her husband who was seriously injured while serving with the US Army.

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Hidden Hero Trish Simester (behind her are Dav. Mayor Frank Klipsch, R.I. Mayor Mike Thoms, and Dav. Alderman Jason Gordon)

"At the foundation and its recently-launched Hidden Heroes campaign our goal is to shine a bright light on our nation's military caregivers by empowering them, honoring them, and providing them the resources and support they need and deserve."

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch says there are now an estimated 5 1/2 million military caregivers across the country.

"When we send off our men and women into harm's way, and they come back affected, the families are part of that same challenge. And we're here to say those hidden heroes are important to us and we want to be part of the support network that not only helps the veterans but the families and the people who support them."
In recent weeks, city councils in Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline have all issued proclamations supporting Hidden Heroes.

Elizabeth Dole started her foundation in 2012, and founded its Hidden Heroes Campaign last year.