WHEREAS, more than one million citizens throughout Michigan provide care to family members who are ill or have a disability; and,
WHEREAS, more and more, family members must carry the responsibility of providing care to another family member with a long-term chronic or disabling condition; and,
WHEREAS, these dedicated family members play a vital role in providing essential care and assistance to some of our nation's most vulnerable citizens; and,
WHEREAS, since 1997, Family Caregiver Month has been recognized during the month of November to honor caregivers nationwide; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging to support and thank the millions of citizens who give so much of themselves to ensure the health and well-being of a beloved family member;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2013 as Family Caregiver Month in Michigan.