Anne Arundel County will be the first county in Maryland to sign on to the Hidden Heroes cities and counties program, one of the campaign's key national initiatives designed to develop military caregiver resources at a local level. Hidden Heroes is an initiative of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. Mrs. Dole was a one-time president of the National American Red Cross, attorney, author, and politician who served in the Nixon, Reagan, and Bush presidential administrations. She also served as a United States Senator for North Carolina from 2003 to 2009.
In a release County Executive Steuart Pittman said, “Our military and veteran caregivers take on the important and often difficult job of caring for those brave men and women who answered the call to service in our country," said County Executive Pittman. "We in turn have an obligation to ensure they have the support and resources they need at a local level.”
Hidden Heroes Campaign began in 2016 by Senator Elizabeth Dole, Campaign Chair Tom Hanks (Actor who appeared in the movie, Saving Private Ryan), and more than 50 military caregivers from across the country.