Veterans Report June 2011

This report is a follow up to one I did late last year. It concerns the CAREGIVERS AND VETERANS OMNIBUS HEALTH SERVICES ACT OF 2010. Starting May 9, 2011 the VA’s office of Care Management and Social Work will open up the application process for eligible post 9/11 veterans and service members to designate their Family Caregivers.

Additional services for primary Family Caregivers of eligible post 9/11 veterans and Service members include a stipend, mental health services, and access to health care insurance, if they are not already entitled to care and services under a health care plan. Comprehensive Caregiver training and medical support are other key components of this program. The program builds on the foundation of Caregiver support now provided at VA and reflects what families and clinicians have long known; that Family Caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and wellbeing of Veterans under VA care.

Starting May 9, 2011 veterans may download a copy of the Family Caregiver program application (VA CG 1010) at www.caregiver.va.gov. The document allows the veteran to designate a primary Family Caregiver and secondary Caregiver if necessary. The VA offers a wide range of Caregiver support services including training, counseling and respite care to ensure that Caregivers have the tools and support they need.

VA programs for Veterans and their Family Caregivers include: InHome and community based care including skilled healthcare. Respite care designed to give the Family Caregiver a break from caring for the Veteran. Education and training programs for the Caregivers. Caregiver support groups including temporary lodging at Fisher House.
The VA provides durable medical equipment for the home.

The Family Caregiver assistance center can be reached at www.myhealth.va.gov.

Please keep our troops and their families in your prayers.
GOD BLESS AMERICA