The VA Family Caregivers Program Now Taking Applications

Family caregivers for wounded warrior, Kevin Kammerdiener of the 173rd Airborne, could be among those who qualify for the new caregiver benefits. Photo from Kammerdiener's welcome home in October after a hospital stay in Texas.

Congress expected the Department of Veterans Affairs to have the Family Caregivers program up and running by the end of January.

The VA just concluded its first week for open applications. More than 625 Veterans,  Service-members and their Family Caregivers have applied for new services under the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act 2010, according to a press release from the VA.

The services for primary Family Caregivers of eligible post-9/11 Veterans and include a stipend, mental health services, and access to health care insurance. Comprehensive Caregiver training and medical support are other key components of this program.

If the Family Caregivers or veterans don’t qualify for this program, the VA provides more than two dozen other Caregiver benefits.

HOW TO APPLY:

– OVER THE PHONE: Call the Caregiver Support Line at (855) 260-3274

– IN PERSON: at a VA medical Center with a Caregiver Support Coordinator

– ONLINE: at  www.caregiver.va.gov with the new Caregiver Application (VA Form 1010-CG).  The website application also features a chat option that provides the Family Caregiver with a live representative to assist in completing the application form.

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