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Tom Hanks, Indianapolis Leaders Rally For Hidden Heroes Campaign

Tom Hanks speaks to press in Indianapolis

Actor Tom Hanks and campaign founder, Elizabeth Dole spoke on the impact of the Hidden Heroes Campaign in Indianapolis Wednesday. (Steve Burns, WFIU/WTIU News)

An Oscar-winning actor stopped in Indianapolis today to rally in support of military caregivers.

Tom Hanks joined Governor Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett to kick off the Hidden Heroes campaign, a two-day celebration honoring those who provide at-home care for wounded veterans.

Hanks serves as chair for the campaign and says he grew up around a number of veteran role models and caregivers who deserve support.

“The concept of national service, that’s a question that can be reared up any time. But guess what, there’s something every single one of us can do,” Hanks says. 

The campaign pushes for cities to determine better ways to provide support to spouses, parents, and friends who care for wounded veterans at home.

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation sponsors the campaign, which aims to support and recognize the nation’s nearly 5.5 million military caregivers and their wellbeing.

Senator Elizabeth Dole says the struggles caregivers face are often overlooked.

“A mix of visible and invisible wounds is a common challenge for military caregivers. It’s what makes many veterans so dependent on a trusted loved one for their care,” Dole says. 

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes campaign works to raise awareness and also create resources and a network of support for military caregivers and their peers.

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