Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Family caregivers provide crucial support in caring for our nation’s veterans by allowing them to stay in the homes and communities they defended, surrounded by the loved ones they fought for. Caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and well being of veterans under VA care. The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers allows VA to provide additional supports and services to family caregivers of eligible veterans injured in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
In order to be eligible, the veteran must have incurred or aggravated a serious injury (including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder) in the line of duty, on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
Because of the qualifying serious injury, the veteran must require another person (a caregiver) to assist with the management of personal care functions required in everyday living.
For the full Vet2Vet and other opinions, read the Tuesday, July 8, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.