On Oct. 1, 2022, the Department of Veteran Affairs Caregiver Program started the second phase of its expansion to include eligible veterans who served after May 7, 1975, and before Sept. 11, 2001.
The first phase began in October 2020 and included eligible veterans who served on or before May 7, 1975. During the first phase, the VA added approximately 20,000 veterans and family caregivers to the program.
The initiative provides caregivers with resources, education, financial assistance, health insurance, beneficiary travel, peer support and more.
“DAV’s advocacy efforts have been at the forefront of expanding the caregiver program to veterans of all generations,” said Washington Headquarters Executive Director Randy Reese. “We will continue to monitor VA’s implementation of this expansion to ensure all eligible veterans who apply are accepted and receive the benefits they earned in service to our nation.”
To be eligible, the veteran must have a severe injury or illness, a single or combined service-connected disability rating of 70% or more and meet additional criteria.
To learn more about the expansion and the VA Caregiver Support Program, call Caregiver Support at 855-260-3274 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. Learn more online at dav.la/2ls.