Additional Funds Would be Needed to Pay for an Expanded Veteran Caregivers Benefit

In 2010, Congress created a program to provide a financial stipend, health care, and at least 30 days of respite care each year to caregivers of grievously wounded veterans who served after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. However, Congress has now asked the VA to look into the possibility of expanding the program to make caregivers of grievously wounded veterans who served in other wars eligible for the benefit.

VA has responded by indicating that funding such an expansion of the veteran caregivers benefit would require it to cut from other areas, and has requested that Congress allocate funds to pay for any such expansion. Caregivers provide grievously wounded veterans assistance in performing many activities of daily living, including feeding, bathing, and dressing.

Benefits for Veterans and their Families

If you are a wounded veteran or family member and need information on the federal and state benefits that may be available to you, please read more here about federal veterans benefits and other benefits for families of veterans. Contact us for additional information about applying for benefits, which state-specific veterans benefits may be available to you.

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