VA Caregiver Support – Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
Family Caregivers provide crucial support in caring for our Nation's Veterans by allowing them to stay in the homes and communities they defended, surrounded by the loved ones they fought for. Caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and well-being of Veterans under VA care. Additional VA services are available to those Family Caregivers who share VA's daily charge to serve those who have "borne the battle." The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers helps the Families and Veterans injured on or after September 11, 2011.
As required by the 2018 VA MISSION Act, expansion of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers will begin when VA has fully implemented a required information technology (IT) system and certifies this to Congress. VA is actively pursuing an IT solution. The timeline for completion and the subsequent certification is in development. VA will provide updates on the MISSION Act Website.
Under the current regulations for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, only Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible to apply.
Once the IT system is successfully implemented, the expansion will occur in two phases, beginning with eligible Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty on or before May 7, 1975.
The final phase of the expansion is anticipated to begin two years later. It will include eligible Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty after May 7, 1975 to September 10, 2001. VA looks forward to providing continued updates as to our progress.
Many services are already available to support caregivers of enrolled Veterans of all eras. For more information call the Caregiver Support Line toll free at 1-855-260-3274.
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