COLUMBIA- The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a new program that will allow family caregivers of post 9/11 combat veterans to receive additional support. The program will allow federal funding to help pay for family caregivers to care for veterans who choose to receive their care at home.
Veterans and their families can take advantage of several different services. The primary family caregiver for the veteran or service member can receive a monthly stipend to help support in-home caregiving. They can also take advantage of mental health services, as well as access to health care insurance. Caregivers are also able to receive comprehensive training and medical support.
The Truman VA is now accepting applications for veterans interested in the program. Veterans may apply at www.caregiver.va.gov. Denise Heet, the Truman VA Caregiver Support Coordinator is available to assist Veterans and families with any part of the application process. You may contact Heet at 573-814-6204.
For additional information and resources, you may contact the VA's National Caregiver Support Line at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).