A caregiver is someone — often a family member or friend — who provides a broad range of care and assistance for, or manages the care of, a current or former military service member with a disabling physical or mental injury or illness.
More than a million Americans are providing care to disabled veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. About 40 percent of these caregivers are young spouses, while 25 percent are aging parents.
As caregivers, you are vital partners in our mission to care for all veterans — whatever their needs may be — and we value your work and commitment to the veterans you love. You are not alone.
Caregiver Support Coordinators
Caregiver support coordinators are stationed at every federal VA medical center and are here to help you any way they can. Your Caregiver Support Coordinator is a licensed professional who is devoted to providing you with useful information about the services and support available to you, and connecting you with other resources in your community.
For more information: Federal VA: Find Your Local Caregiver Support Coordinator
Caregivers of Seriously Injured Post-9/11 Veterans
The federal VA's Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers offers enhanced support for caregivers of eligible veterans seriously injured in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. Enhanced services for eligible participants may include a financial stipend, access to health care insurance, mental health services and counseling, caregiver training, and respite care.
To be eligible, you must have sustained or aggravated a serious injury — including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder — in the line of duty, on or after September 11, 2001, and you must be in need of personal care services 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.
For more information: Contact your local Federal VA: Caregiver Eligibility Check.
This service provides supportive care to veterans on a short-term basis to give the caregiver a break from the physical and emotional demands of providing care. Respite care can be provided in the home or other non-institutional settings.
The program is for veterans who need skilled services, case management and help with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, fixing meals or taking medicine. This program is also for veterans who are isolated or their caregiver is experiencing burdens.
Respite Care is part of the VHA's standard medical benefit package, so all enrolled veterans may be eligible, as long as they meet the clinical need for the service and it is available in their area. A copay may be charged based on your VA service-connected disability status and financial information.
For more information: VA: Respite Care
VA Caregiver Support
Caregivers play an important role in the health and well-being of Veterans. The Caregiver Support Program offers training, educational resources, and multiple tools to help you succeed.
For more information: Federal VA: Caregiver Support