North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs, NC4VETS Newsletter
dtd 1 October 2014, Vol. 1, Issue 16
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Post 202 SICK or SICK AND SHUT IN
A stipend and health insurance under the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 for wounded veterans. Post 9/11 veterans caregiver program. The family receive, on average, between $600 and $2,200 a month, based on care needs and local wage rates for home health aides in their area. About 1,200 caregivers also receive health insurance through the program.
Congress directed the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a national caregiver support program when it passed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. The program offers a stipend and the possibility of health insurance for caregivers of post-9/11 veterans. It also includes training and support services for caregivers of all veterans, no matter when they served.
Go online to fill out an application for caregiver benefits or for answers to questions about the program: www.caregiver.va.gov
VA Caregiver Support Line 1-855-260-3274
Other resources include:
American Veterans with Brain Injuries offers weekly online chat groups for veterans and caregivers to share experiences, frustrations, fears and anything else. www.avbi.org
Her War, Her Voice offers retreats for caregivers, raises money to provide counseling for military families, and works with a partner organization, Not Alone, to offer support groups for caregivers, warriors, veterans and military spouses. www.herwarhervoice.com
The National Alliance for Caregiving trains and assists civilian and military caregivers. www.caregiving.org by Ken Olsen