The Fighting for Equal Access to Caregiver Services and Supports Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program
Caregivers are the family and friends that help and support severely ill and injured veterans live to their highest potential. Yet the sacrifices and needs of caregivers remain largely unrecognized and unmet. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created a comprehensive support program for caregivers; however, that system is not allowed to serve veterans severely disabled before September 11, 2001.
Today, many caregivers of severely disabled veterans are aging and their ability to continue in their role is declining. Although most caregivers continue to undertake this role willingly, access to comprehensive assistance, available through VA’s comprehensive support program for caregivers, would help sustain their efforts.
DAV is working for equal access to comprehensive VA caregiver support services for caregivers for all of our nation’s veterans and continues to urge Congress to enact legislation to ensure this modification is passed.