Friday, July 1, 2011

US Veterans Affairs Issuing First Payments to Caregivers in July

VA Issuing First Payments to Caregivers

WASHINGTON (July 1, 2011) - The Department of Veterans Affairs will send out more than $430,000 in stipend payments to nearly 200 Family Caregivers of Veterans in July. These Family Caregivers were the first to complete their Caregiver training under the program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. The first payments to 96 recipients were issued today.
Since May 9, nearly 1,250 Caregivers of Veterans who were seriously injured in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, have applied for the Program. A core caregiver training curriculum is a required component of the program. This comprehensive training, which was developed by Easter Seals in collaboration with VA clinical experts, has received many positive comments from Family Caregivers. In addition to the training, eligible Family Caregivers can also access mental health services and are provided health care insurance, if they are not already entitled to care or services under a health plan.

VA officials issuing first payments to caregivers
Veterans may review the criteria for eligibility and download the family caregiver program application (VA CG 10-10)

The application enables the veteran to designate a primary family caregiver and secondary family caregivers if needed. Caregiver support coordinators are stationed at every VA medical center to assist with coordinating the training or assist caregivers in locating available services. 

Easter Seals Free Guide Helps Families Decide What's Best for an Aging Parent
Your parents brought you into this world and cared for you when you couldn’t care for yourself. Now they need you as much as you needed them. This free specially-prepared booklet will help you and your parents make the best decisions on everything from health care and living arrangements to the many organizations that can help.

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