VA provides several benefits to caregivers of some severely injured veterans.
A caregiver can be a parent, spouse, child, step-family member, extended family member, or an individual who lives with the veteran, but is not a family member who provides support to the veteran.
What Is The Eligibility Rule?
Caregivers must be providing in-home care for veterans who:
- Have a serious injury – including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder.
- Need of personal care services because of an inability to perform one or more activities of daily living and/or need supervision or protection based on symptoms or residuals of neurological impairment or injury.
The veteran must be enrolled in the VA healthcare program, and the injury must be service-connected.
Currently, only caregivers of veterans who suffered a qualifying injury on or after Sept. 11, 2001 are eligible for this program. Due to recent changes in the law, caregivers of veterans who suffered a qualifying injury prior to May 7, 1975 will become eligible in early 2019. Caregivers of all other veterans will be eligible for the benefit by 2021.
Services Available to Caregivers through this Program
Caregivers of eligible veterans can receive:
- Monthly stipend
- Travel expenses (including lodging and per diem while accompanying veterans undergoing care)
- Access to health care insurance (if the caregiver is not already entitled to care or services under a health care plan)
- Mental health services and counseling
- Comprehensive VA Caregiver training provided by Easter Seals
- Respite care (not less than 30 days per year)