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The Best Ways for Vet Caregivers to Stay Strong

 
A man helps his son who is on a treadmill

 

Mark is a father. He’s also a Caregiver for his son. “Each day is a blessing to have my son with me.”

His love for his Veteran son is very evident in this video.

And his message to other family caregivers out there is: “Stay strong.”

VA recognizes the crucial role that family caregivers play in helping Veterans recover from injury and illness in the daily care of Veterans in the community.

VA values the sacrifices family caregivers make to help Veterans remain at home. Caregivers are our partners and we are dedicated to providing them with the support and services they need.

VA has long provided services to support family caregivers. The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 has allowed VA to provide additional unprecedented benefits and services to family caregivers, including enhanced benefits for family caregivers of seriously injured post 9/11 Veterans.

Caregiver Support Coordinators

VA has Caregiver Support Coordinators at each VA medical center who serve as the clinical experts on caregiver issues. They know all about VA and non-VA support services and benefits available for Veterans of all eras and their family caregivers.

Caregiver Support Coordinators can also assist eligible Post 9/11 Veterans and their caregivers in applying for additional services.

Caregivers are our partners. We are dedicated to providing them with the support and services they need.

VA’s National Caregiver Support Line — 855-260-3274 — is available to respond to inquiries about caregiver services and is a resource and referral center for caregivers, Veterans and others seeking caregiver information.

The Caregiver Support Line has received more than 55,000 calls and responds to an average of 150 calls per day.

a woman tends to an elderly man in a wheelchair

 

Stipend and Benefits Information

VA accepts applications for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (for seriously injured post 9/11 Veterans) by mail, telephone and online.

VA has paid out more than $87 million in stipends to family caregivers in the program since July 2011 when the first stipend payments were made.

VA provides comprehensive family caregiver training for eligible family caregivers in the stipend program. To date, more than 7,800 family caregivers have completed this training.

Caregiver Support Program Website

VA has a website dedicated to family caregivers. The site provides caregiver stories, resources, and a ZIP code look up feature that allows caregivers to identify their local Caregiver Support Coordinator.

The Caregiver Support Program office also produces a newsletter called Caregiver Chronicles which covers various topics, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and communication.