Board of Directors/R4 Alliance
As an advocate and analyst, Sarah concentrates primarily on benefits and care for wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, and their families. In this capacity, she acts as a resource for government agencies, multiple organizations and the individuals they serve in reference to policy and programs that exist to benefit the wounded, ill, injured and their families. Sarah is also a member of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Defense Medical Research and Development Program, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Joint Program Committee.
For almost a decade Sarah has acted as her husband’s primary caregiver and case manager for her husband, Army Sergeant Ted Wade. In 2004, his humvee was hit by an IED and he sustained a severe TBI, suffered a transhumeral amputation, multiple bone fractures, soft tissue shrapnel injuries, and numerous other injuries. Sarah has testified to multiple commissions and both houses of Congress. On May 5, 2010, she and Ted stood next to President Obama as he signed into law the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. That law expands both caregiver benefits and healthcare services for veterans.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Sarah currently has a home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has moved around extensively with her husband, who has been treated at ten medical facilities since his evacuation to Germany. They are hoping to settle permanently in Montgomery County, Maryland in the near future. Sarah believes strongly in the mission of the R4 Alliance, and through personal experience, understands and supports the need for recreational therapy.