Support for Caregivers

Caregivers play an important role in the health and well-being of Veterans. The Caregiver Support Program at VA Medical Centers offer training, educational resources, and multiple tools to help you succeed.

In working with a facility it is important to know who your contacts are in the Caregiver Support Program.  It is also important to know that not all Veterans qualify for all benefits from the existing Caregiver Support Program. 

This link will provide you with information pertaining to the Caregiver Support contact at your local VA Medical Center.

MISSION Act

As required by the 2018 VA MISSION Act, expansion of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers will begin when VA has fully implemented a required information technology (IT) system and certifies this to Congress.  VA is actively pursuing an IT solution. The timeline for completion and the subsequent certification is in development. VA will provide updates on the MISSION Act Website.

Under the current regulations for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, only Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible to apply.

Once the IT system is successfully implemented, the expansion will occur in two phases, beginning with eligible Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty on or before May 7, 1975. 

The final phase of the expansion is anticipated to begin two years later.  It will include eligible Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty after May 7, 1975 to September 10, 2001. 

 

VA looks forward to providing continued updates as to our progress.

Many services are already available to support caregivers of enrolled Veterans of all eras. For more information call the Caregiver Support Line toll free at 1-855-260-3274.