The Veterans Administration is announcing the start of a new program. As of May 9th, they’ll be accepting applications from family caregivers of post 9/11 veterans for stipends, training and other services.
VA now provides additional support to eligible post-9/11 Veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary Family Caregiver. Eligible primary Family Caregivers can receive a stipend, training, mental health services, and access to health insurance if they are not already under a health care plan. Applications can be made starting May 9, 2011.
Assistance with the application process is available. Caregiver Support Coordinators are stationed at every VA Medical Center; or dial toll-free 1-877-222 VETS (8387).
Caregivers assist those who are chronically ill, disabled, or are getting older and are no longer able to care for themselves. Caregiving includes helping with personal needs or household chores, as well as managing a person’s finances, arranging for outside services, or visiting regularly to see how the individual is doing. Caregivers are generally unpaid family members or friends (though they may be paid professionals) who provide care to their loved one. You do not need to live with a person to be considered a caregiver and many people who serve as a caregiver do not recognize themselves as such – you may simply think you’re “helping out.”
It’s too bad that the program is limited to the veterans from recent conflicts, but it’s a start. What I like about distributing funds to individual households is that it promotes diversification of care providers, instead of institutional monopolies (human husbandry), and, perhaps even more important, provides yet another avenue to get money flowing through the economy. Because, after all, every penny of these stipends is going to be spent as quickly as it comes in, helping our economy get unstuck.
The location of VA facilities in every state can be found here.
Additional information here.
Support for veterans of all eras here. I think what’s different about the new program is the family stipend.