Depending on the severity of your disability, you might be eligible to enroll in the VA caregiver program.
In order to qualify both of these must be true for the veteran you’re caring for.
#1 This program is available to veterans who have had a serious brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder that is service related on or after September 11, 2001. Remember that service-related means that your disability can be connected to your time spent in the military.
#2 Needs personal care services because they can’t perform one or more activities of daily living and needs supervision or needs supervision or protection because of symptoms based on neurological damage or injury. In other words, living your daily life is difficult without the help of a caregiver.
If you’re the caregiver you can receive
- Caregiver training
- A monthly payment
- Travel lodging and assistance when traveling with the veteran
- Access to health care benefits
- Mental health services and counseling
- Up to 40 days per year of respite care
In order to get these benefits fill out Application for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (VA Form 10-10CG). You’ll need identification and health coverage information for both you and your Veteran—and you’ll both need to sign and date the form.
To find the name of your local coordinator:
- Contact the Caregiver Support Line at 855-260-3274, or
- Use our online caregiver support coordinator search tool
If you need help filling out the form, you can contact your local support coordinator, or call the main VA information line at 877-222-8387. Note this is not contact information for Gumps.
We hope that helps!