VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC)
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Caregiver Support Program (CSP) offers clinical services to caregivers of eligible and covered Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system. CSP is a national program with local offices and teams located within VA facilities . The program’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of family caregivers who care for our Nation’s Veterans, through education, resources, support, and services. The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) helps the Families and Veterans injured on or after September 11, 2001 or on or before May 7, 1975.
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Caregiver Support Program (CSP) also carries out its mission through the Program of General Caregiver Support Services (PGCSS) . PGCSS provides peer support mentoring, skills training, coaching, telephone support, online programs, and referrals to available resources to caregivers of Veterans. The Veteran must be enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and be receiving care from a caregiver in order for the caregiver to participate. Caregivers who participate in PGCSS are called General Caregivers. General Caregivers do not need to be a relative or live with the Veteran.
As part of the 2018 VA MISSION Act, the VA is giving more Family caregivers access to the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers so they can be supported as they care for Veterans of all eras.
VA began accepting applications October 1, 2020, in 2 phases:
First, Family caregivers of Veterans who were seriously injured in the line of duty on or before May 7, 1975, will become eligible for this program
On October 1, 2022, Family caregivers of Veterans who were seriously injured in the line of duty between May 7, 1975, and September 10, 2001, will become eligible.
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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