May 2011 marked the start of the new VA-sponsored plan which is giving post-9/11 veterans and their families some much needed support.
With many veterans relying on family members or outside caregivers to help them cope with service-related injuries and disabilities, caregiver burnout is a growing concern. The new program focuses on providing benefits to the caregivers to assist them in helping care for our wounded veterans.
The Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program provides a monthly stipend, health care, and other benefits to the caregivers of veterans, a total of somewhere between $400 and $2,000 per month. The program is need-based and also varies on whether or not the caretaker is full or part-time.
Some of the most useful parts of the program including counseling for the caretaker, as well as travel benefits when the veteran must go to another location for treatment. Many caregivers who are family members do so at their own loss - they may have needed to reduce time at work or quit all together to take care of their beloved veteran.
The additional income is a welcome relief so far to over the 900 approved applicants who receive an average $1,800 in monthly benefits. The Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program can be applied for through the VA Caregiver Support website. You can also support our veterans by making a donation through Care for Disabled Veterans.
You Have the Power to Help a Disabled American Veteran!
Our veterans deserve the utmost care and respect in exchange for their sacrifice and service to our country, yet many suffer with disabling medical conditions and illness and struggle to make ends meet after life in the service. At Care for Disabled Veterans our goal is to assist qualified veterans in obtaining the medical evidence they need to seek their rightful benefits for combat-related disabilities.
Want to make a difference in a disabled veteran's life? Give a secure online donation to Care for Disabled Veterans. Or call 1-877-617-2170 to contact us directly. Order our free veterans and caregivers guide to learn more about who we are, what we do and why we care.
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