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West Virginia woman recognized for military caregiver work

CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia woman is being recognized for her work as a military and veteran caregiver.

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation says Sandra Ownbey of Hedgesville has been named as a fellow.

The program taps spouses, parents, and other loved ones actively caring for wounded warriors to provide military and veteran caregivers a national voice.

Fellows help raising awareness in their home states and communities and serve as advisers to the foundation.

Ownbey cares for her husband Jim who was injured during his third deployment to Iraq when his vehicle hit a massive improvised explosive device and was thrown 30 feet in the air.

A foundations-commissioned study says more than one million individuals are estimated to be providing voluntary care to the wounded service members and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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