Providing care for sick or disabled veterans is a very tough and draining job, both physically and emotionally. It is one job that demands much attention and takes a lot from the caretaker as well. The Department of the Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the opening of the National Caregiver Support Line, a help line for those caregivers. Whether the veterans’ disability comes from illness, service-connected injuries, or just aging, veterans’ caregivers can call the line whenever they need some support of their own.
The Support Line falls under the service umbrella of the VA Caregiver Support Program, a program designed to help veterans’ caregivers. Caregivers can be defined as anyone from a professional to family members to friends and they don’t even have to live with the veteran they take care of. As long as a person provides some level of support or assistance to a veteran who cannot care for themselves, they are considered a caregiver.
It is not strange for caregivers to feel overwhelmed in the course of their work. Stress, depression, and burn out are common in the care giving field. Because of the long hours spent caring for these veterans, many care givers disregard their personal health and end up sick themselves. As it is not a lucrative field, financial stress is also very frequent. There are plenty of pitfalls in which caregivers can find themselves, and that is why the VA designed the Caregiver Support Program and the Caregiver Support Line.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.