Tuesday, May 10, 2011

VA helping out family caregivers of post 9/11 veterans

The VA has started helping out post 9/11 family caregivers.

From the VA website:
VA now provides additional support to eligible post-9/11 Veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary Family Caregiver. Eligible primary Family Caregivers can receive a stipend, training, mental health services, and access to health insurance if they are not already under a health care plan.

Assistance with the application process is available. Caregiver Support Coordinators are stationed at every VA Medical Center; or dial toll-free 1-877-222 VETS (8387).

Also see the new support line:

National Caregiver Support Line

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of a toll-free National Caregiver Support Line 1-855-260-3274.

It looks like the VA is starting to do more for Family Caregivers, its just a shame they have all but failed to help out the rapidly dwindling numbers of WWII vets that could have used a bit more help. Even now, the first program they have up there are for veterans AFTER 9/11, I still can't find where they offer similar help for the family caregivers of veterans pre-9/11 going back to the Greatest Generation, even though in talking about Family Caregivers the Secretary of Veterans Affairs states:

...Their sacrifice is enormous, every day, year after year, for Veterans, who safeguarded this Nation. Caregivers are our indispensable partners in Veteran’s healthcare, and they deserve our support.

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