According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), caregiver burnout has become a major concern for military families caring for a veteran who suffers from service-connected disabilities. In many situations, a family member, typically a spouse, must provide care for a disabled veteran who has severely limiting physical or mental conditions.
To help raise awareness of caregiver burnout, which can lead to physical and mental health risks for the caregiver themselves, the VA has established a special website for families of veterans. The VA Caregiver Support site (http://www.caregiver.va.gov/) provides links to information, resources, and partners supporting military families who care for disabled veterans.
The site is designed to make the lives of caregivers of veterans easier by providing information for resources they can help their veteran obtain, such as disability benefits. Another part of the site focuses on resources for the caregiver, including a special caregiver support line. Part of the VA’s commitment to disabled veterans is to also help those who care for them on a daily basis.
Caregiver burnout is a problem in many military families, and the VA has answered this growing concern by providing several services and benefits. Caregivers may qualify for respite care which allows them to coordinate in-home or site-based care for their veteran so they can relax or answer an unexpected need to leave their veteran for a family emergency or personal health issue.
Caregivers for post-9/11 veterans may also qualify for extended benefits under the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. The caregiver coverage may include:
- a monthly stipend;
- access to health care insurance;
- travel expenses related to their veterans’ care;
- VA caregiver training (through Easter Seals); and
- mental health services and counseling.
The Law Offices of Veterans Help Group is dedicated to helping disabled veterans and their families access the complete benefits to which they may be entitled. To speak to a veterans disability claims specialist, contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-855-855-8992.