Yesterday more than 500 attendees embarked on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Fourth National GrandRally for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children. A host of young shared lessons they had learned from family members who selflessly gave of themselves to care for them and their siblings. Hundreds of grandmothers were in attendance and a few took to the stage to tell their stories of raising kin and providing for them when their biological parents were unable to. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) addressed the need for legislation that reflects the growing number of grandparents raising their kin. Representatives Mike McIntyre (D-NC) and Karen Bass (D-CA) were also in attendance and spoke about the importance of saving programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid that help support caregivers raising their relatives. Following the rally, the caregivers departed from the lawn to participate in over 150 hill visits scheduled with their respective members of Congress.
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