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Published: Monday, 09 June 2014 14:05
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purple heartSupport for Caregivers of Veterans

We are seeing thousands of men and women returning from the Middle East with serious injuries that require ongoing support. Typically these injuries require continued assistance by some level of medical personnel or the need for residence in a nursing facility. However, the Veterans Administration has realized that family home-care is less costly and results in fewer hospitalizations, thus saving the Department money. These funds are currently being passed back to families willing to provide care in their homes for wounded veterans through the “Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers” program. Although the VA does provide some support to all veterans cared for at home, this particular program is not available for veterans injured prior to 9/11/2001.

 Eligible veterans are those with serious injuries (traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or another mental disorder) incurred in the line of duty who also must have personal care services due to being unable to perform daily living activities or need supervision and are enrolled for VA health services.

The following services are available for caregivers of a vet enrolled in the program:

A primary caregiver and two secondary people may be named on the application for the program. The main eligibility requirements of a caregiver are that the applicant must be at least 18 years of age and a family member or someone who lives with the veteran. The applicant must also take the provided training (can be done online) and show that they are capable of providing personal care functions needed for daily living.

If you are in need of assistance caring for an injured veteran and would like to see if you are eligible for this program, visit the VA’s website at http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/Caregiver_Eligibility_Check.asp.

 

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