Family Caregivers to Get More VA Support


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When a Veteran is seriously injured in combat, family members sometimes have no choice but to give up their careers to provide care full-time. To assist, VA is now offering new programs for the families of eligible post-9/11 Veterans. To provide details on what these new programs are and how families can apply, VA’s Chief Consultant for Care Management and Social Work Service, Deborah Amdur, has explained in a VAntage Point guest piece today. Take a look and let us know what you think.

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Brandon Friedman

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  1. Michelle    

    I wonder if those applying for these benefits will face the same 1 year + wait to get their claim processed as those of us whose veteran served prior to 9/11? Or will these claims take priority pushing those of us already waiting back even further?

    And why are these benefits being restricted to post 9/11 vets? Is their need for A&A any different than the needs prior vets face?

  2. Concerned Vet    

    Kristy and Dan are correct, but there is more. The VA caregiver act was signed into law ONE YEAR ago today, on May 5, 2010, and it appears that Veteran families and caregivers STILL can not even apply for this benefit yet, until at least May 9, 2011. Part of the problem is that VASEC wanted fewer people to receive this benefit than was intended by congress. This “standoff” between VASEC and Congress needs to be resolved, as, once again, Veterans and their families are its victims. It amounts to a breakdown in leadership at the very highest levels of our government. If the president had a backbone, he would have fired VASEC for his defiance of Congress on this matter, as well as his failure to reduce the 1,000,000 Veterans waiting on benefits, which appears to be the highest backlog in history. At least a portion of this increased backlog rests squarely on the shoulders of the president because of his failure to appoint several needed judges to the CAVC, so that the backlog of appeals could be reduced. I guess the president is too busy patting himself on the back for Bin Laden’s killing, when the credit for that belongs to the Navy Seals and our honored troops, not the president.

  3. Dan    

    Your headline is a lie. It should say, Some Family Caregivers to Get More VA Support. Once again, the Vietnam vet and GWI vet is left with nothing.

  4. Kristy Spurgeon    

    It amazes me that articles/blogs such as this one is even published, given the VA (on their own admittance)’lost’ my wounded warrior in the process, let his claim fall through the cracks, did not provide him the follow up care he needed, and now (because of their screw up) our ‘expediated’ claim that was supposed to be completed 4 months ago, is now supposedly another 4-6 months delayed. The VA process has been nothing but an incredibly inadequate and mismanaged system that does more harm to our veterans than it does good. It creates financial hardship for its veterans, like it did us and continues to do to us. I can completely understand why so many veterans end up homeless, suffer from major medical issues that are not properly treated, and even end up taking their lives due to the lack of care and services they receive. I am my husband’s fulltime caregiver and had to resign from my career years ago to provide his care. We cant even get the VA compensation he is entitled to let alone any caregiver assistance.

    1. Leona    

      Kristy,
      Were you ever able to get VA Compensation?!? It took me 6months to get SSDI for my husband (during which we had NO income or state assistance!) and then another YEAR on top of that to get his VA Comp! Lots and lots of paperwork and interviews, doc apts and traveling! 😛 I had to also quite my career to stay home full time with my husband. Still am. I love him and are not going anywhere no matter how difficult the VA can be. Sometimes I swear they just want us caregivers to stick our vets in nursing homes so that it’s easier on the VA, that way they don’t even have to deal with benefits for us caregivers or our vets! I would love to hear your story and to see if your doing better! Theofficialonrhea@live.com 🙂

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