Enhanced VA Benefits Available to Caregivers of Veterans

PVA member Peter Herrick and his wifeFamily members who care for veterans now have new benefits and assistance available to them. In February 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the first in a series of new and enhanced services for family caregivers of seriously ill and injured veterans.

Under the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, signed by President Obama in May 2010, VA was authorized to establish a wide range of new benefits to support certain caregivers of eligible post-9/11 veterans. These include a monthly stipend; health-care coverage; travel expenses, including lodging and per diem while accompanying veterans undergoing care; respite care; and mental health services and counseling.

In addition to the new benefits and services for eligible post-9/11 veterans, VA will begin providing enhanced benefits and services to caregivers of veterans of all eras who are already enrolled in VA care. These benefits include access to VA’s toll-free Caregiver Support Line (1-855-260-3274); expanded education and training on caring for veterans at home; and support services, such as counseling, support groups and referral services.

For additional information, please visit VA’s website for caregivers at www.caregiver.va.gov .


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