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Veteran Caregivers May Start Receiving Benefits Through VA

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April 27, 2010 - S-1963, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, provides a compromise between Congressional Committees, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the White House. The Act created benefit eligibility for those caring for severely disabled veterans. For some caregivers, this will mean payment for their services.

The veterans needing care must have disabilities rising to the level requiring institutionalization without daily care provided to them. The agreement, as it exists, recommends:


  • Education;
  • Counseling and mental health services for caregivers; and
  • Full-day-in-home care to give caregivers time off.

 For those caregivers of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are severely disabled, the compromise provides VA health care for caregivers without health insurance. Beyond that, they will receive a living stipend every month equal to the VA's cost of providing comparable care to the disabled veteran. These particular benefits will not be available for caretakers of veterans not from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The VA will determine the rate of pay and will be based on:  

  • Regional costs; and
  • The caretaker's skill level.

 Once the bill becomes law, the VA will have 270 days until the benefits become active. The VA was provided that time to determine their rates of pay and level of required training for caregivers.

Category: Veterans' Disability

4 Comments to "Veteran Caregivers May Start Receiving Benefits Through VA"

Jeremiah - If you're asking whether the VA will pay your wife to be a caretaker, then we 're talking about the Aid and Attendance pension.
You might be eligible if you have proof from your doctor stating that you are unable to function completely on your own.
Please feel free to contact our office at 1-888-222-2079 if you'd like to file a new claim for disability compensation.
Thank you.
Posted by Frances Gonzalez on May 8, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Im wondering if my wife can e my care taker since she already is when Im home. I have severe PTSD and TBI cant drive, forget medications, appointments, cant cook wash myself completely?
Posted by Jeremiah Von Weber on May 4, 2013 at 04:03 PM
I am the caregiver for my disable husband who is rated at 100 percent service connected, during the vietnam era,am I entitle to any cargegivers compensation.
Posted by Rosita C. Sablan on May 25, 2010 at 07:59 PM
I took a early retirement from my job of 18 years in MD. to come to Texas and take care of my father who has Alzheimers. (My husband is still in MD. We do our back and forth thing)

I have been here for 2 1/2 years.

He is not critical, but he can absolutely not live alone and he can no longer drive. He is 86. Physically he is not in bad shape, but, he has lost the sight in one eye and losing the other, mentally he has extreme short term memory and is now forgetting some of his past.

Would I qualify for any type of financial aid?
Posted by Nancy Clark on May 21, 2010 at 08:19 PM

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