The Navy Times recently reported that the Veterans Affairs Department has begun accepting applications for a new,
landmark benefits program for the caregivers of severely disabled Iraq- and
Full benefits, which will include living stipends, won’t be paid until July,
but there is a good reason for caregivers to apply as soon as possible: Benefits
will be retroactive to the date of application.
Applying for benefits is the first of many steps that will require working
with caregiver coordinators at VA hospitals, reports the Navy Times. Other steps involve getting the extent of the veteran’s
disability assessed by VA doctors and receiving rudimentary medical training in
order to be certified as a caregiver. But for those who qualify, the program
promises to improve the quality of life for both the disabled veterans, who will
be able to stay at home rather than in a hospital or nursing home, and for
caregivers, who often feel overburdened and unprepared to provide lifetime
Read the Navy Time's full article here.