Disabled veterans with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) should take notice that a program designed to provide extended care for their needs has just been extended another two years. Through the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA) the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI) was extended through October 2017.
The pilot program, which has been running since 2009, was slated to end in 2014, but this month another 20 contracts were awarded to vendors wishing to participate in the program. Through the AL-TBI program, veterans who meet the criteria based upon a TBI receive private sector TBI residential care. These care centers offer rehabilitation for speech, memory, and mobility.
Through the course of the program’s existence, approximately 202 veterans have participated in the program in 47 facilities across 22 states. Currently there are 101 veterans receiving care and the program is expanding to more facilities in more states.
The AL-TBI program is accepting new eligible veterans if they meet the criteria for needs-based care.
- The veteran is enrolled in VA health care.
- The veteran received hospital care or medical services through a VA facility for a moderate to severe TBI.
- The veteran is unable to manage two or more routine or necessary activities of daily living without supervision and assistance.
The VA’s Interim Under Secretary for Health, Carolyn Clancy, says, “TBI is one of the prevalent wounds of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and VA remains committed to taking care of those Veterans suffering from TBI.”
Traumatic brain injury is just one of the many types of common combat injuries that can cause permanent disability. If you know a veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury during service, refer them to Veterans Help Group® for help and information about their veterans disability options – 1-855-855-8992.