AMBER OLDFIELD NAMED RAPID CITY'S FIRST HIDDEN HERO
New City honor recognizes caregivers of veterans
RAPID CITY--Amber Oldfield, who was selected last year by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to serve as South Dakota's Dole Fellow for her efforts as a veteran caregiver and caregiver advocate, has been recognized as Rapid City's first Hidden Hero of the Month. Oldfield was recognized with the honor at Monday evening's City Council meeting.
Oldfield, a native of Colorado, moved to Rapid City after her husband's military retirement. Through the years, Oldfield has supported her husband through a failed spinal surgery, three subsequent surgeries and the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In 2016, Oldfield was chosen by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to work as South Dakota's Dole Fellow. As a Dole Fellow, Oldfield assisted in launching the Hidden Heroes Campaign last September in Washington, DC and she drafted pending legislation requiring the Department of Defense to counsel separating military members on the availability of veteran caregiver programs to better assist with the hardships endured by military families.
"We are pleased to honor Amber as the City's first Hidden Hero of the Month," said Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender. "She has been humbly serving our country as a military spouse and veteran caregiver with dedication, compassion and sacrifice. Her advocacy and service to our military and veteran community makes her deserving of this honor and the City and its citizens would like to extend our gratitude."
Oldfield is also a business owner and public speaker.