VA Hospitals to Begin End-Of-Life Training Programs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) understands the impact of end-of-life care on veterans and their families, which is why they have developed a training program that will teach care takers how to improve care in these areas.

The Education of Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Veterans Project will be implemented at all 153 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers by the end of this year. The program will educate VA staff about how to best care for those veterans nearing the end of their life. The VA has partnered with We Honor Veterans, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization so as to ensure the military’s training program is complete and addresses the variety of issues associated with end-of-life care.

Approximately 670,000 veterans will die of various causes this year. The VA issued an edict in 2008 entitling all veterans to both palliative and hospice care as part of their VA benefits.

Veterans present a unique situation for palliative caregivers. Conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can complicate issues in that symptoms can present themselves unpredictably and without warning or provocation. When this happens, veterans can be forced to deal with horrible memories of combat or military sexual abuse, which mandates their caregivers are able to recognize what is happening, and understand how to deal with specific issues and symptoms.

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.