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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2 Responses

  1. S l o w l y the ball starts to roll! Our government is here to help.

  2. What about pre 9/11 vets .I had to quit work to take care of my husband a Vietnam vet I only get aid /attendance less than 300.00/mo. a friend just got over 3000.00/mo as her husbands caregiver and she is still a full time teacher ,she didn’t have to quit work so she has that income also.Why don’t post 9/11 vets have a caregiver stipend also, don’t they matter ? I heard the va is suppose to start one but don’t know when .Can you tell me if this is going to happen ,I will not be able to go back to work as my husband has to have full time care.I believe all vets should have access to all benefits ,no group should be singled out ,they all served the same country and should be entitled to the same benefits.

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