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In 2010, the VA Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program was established to provide benefits for family members of injured veterans to act as caregivers for those veterans in the home. The program is for post-9/11 veterans, and includes eligibility for veterans with both physical and mental injuries [1]. It was a great leap forward in terms of caring for our veterans in the manner which they deserve.

Recently, however, thousands of caregivers around the country have stopped receiving their monthly stipend check from the VA – and without any warning, and with little or no explanation [2]. The veterans, the caregivers, and often entire families depend on that assistance to maintain the level of care in the home since they are unable to work otherwise.

According to a study done by the Government Accountability Office [3], the program was underfunded and problematic from its conception. That is because the Veterans Health Administration originally thought the program would see around 4,000 eligible caregivers sign up for support. The program today has around 23,000 caregivers enrolled [4]. Underestimating the need to begin with and then failing to provide adequate oversight has left the program in need of serious—and immediate—improvements.

Most of all, the caregivers of veterans in the program need to know that they will continue to receive the support they rely on and not have it stopped short without notice.

Family members, often wives, are giving up their own careers to care for wounded veterans at home, and the VA needs to stabilize and expand funding to compensate caregivers. Show your support of wounded veterans and their dedicated caregivers! Wounded veterans need the proper care and support at home, and so do their caregivers!

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Department of Veterans Affairs:

The Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 created the VA Family Caregiver Program, an essential facet of providing adequate care for veterans with severe injuries, both physical and mental. While the creation of the program was a great leap forward for veterans' care in the United States, the program itself has fallen into disrepair and both veterans and their caregivers are suffering for it.

The original expectation for the VA Family Caregiver Program forecast around 4,000 eligible caregivers. However, there are now around 25,000 caregivers enrolled in the program. A recent number saw the program growing by 400 enrollees a month, in fact. Funding and oversight, however, have never kept pace with the program and hundreds or even thousands of veteran's family caregivers are having their monthly stipend checks cease without warning or cause.

Family members, often wives, of veterans who give up their own careers to become fulltime caregivers of injured veterans need and deserve all the support possible – just as our wounded veterans deserve proper care, treatment and respect for their service and their sacrifices.

An eligible veteran and his/her caregiver enrolled in the program, without sufficient medical improvement, should never be cut off from the program for lack of budgeting or administrative needs on the part of the Veterans Health Administration. And, in the case that an enrolled caregiver is to be taken off the program, they should be given ample notification and a process to appeal before benefits are cut, not forced to seek help and appeal a decision after their needed stipends are stopped.

I urge the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase funding to the VA Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program to cover both the current and growing needs of enrolled and applying caregivers of injured veterans. The program needs to be improved immediately. Our veterans cannot wait for treatment or care. They need stability and support today.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


May 22, 2017 Audrey Arbogast
May 22, 2017 Debbie Aide
May 22, 2017 Farhen Graman
May 22, 2017 amanda Pearl
May 22, 2017 Gina Pantier
May 22, 2017 Stephanie Berry
May 22, 2017 Kathy Richards
May 22, 2017 LESLIE SUTLIFF
May 22, 2017 Claudia Wright
May 22, 2017 Paul Smith
May 22, 2017 Jean Beyer
May 22, 2017 Debra Harpole
May 22, 2017 Sławomir Prucnal
May 21, 2017 Darren Frale
May 21, 2017 S P
May 21, 2017 patty sannes
May 21, 2017 Otto Salm
May 21, 2017 Eric Dallin
May 21, 2017 Dagmar Sykes
May 21, 2017 Kim Gabel
May 21, 2017 Chloé Espinasse
May 21, 2017 Emily Dickinson-Adams
May 21, 2017 Sally Simpson
May 21, 2017 Tara Warfield
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2017 Kristy Kelley
May 21, 2017 Anna Winroope
May 21, 2017 larry Nerney My father is a veteran. If he ever needs this service and the republican party has taken it away, then a pox on them and all of their house.
May 21, 2017 Terrie Williams
May 21, 2017 Linda Harling
May 21, 2017 Carole Arbour
May 21, 2017 Katy Gabriel Katerina
May 21, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
May 21, 2017 Melora Jackson
May 21, 2017 Gemma Eggleton
May 21, 2017 freddie williams
May 21, 2017 Eedy Nicholson
May 21, 2017 Helen Haggins
May 21, 2017 jane cook
May 21, 2017 Gladys Clark As a 100% SC vet whose husband cannot keep a job because of taking off to care for me. These vets have given up their blood, sweat, tears, fears, and years to protect our country. Please do the right thing for their families.
May 21, 2017 Susan Babbitt
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2017 John Hansen
May 21, 2017 Jerily Robinson
May 21, 2017 Tracy Sherrer
May 21, 2017 Pankaj Rawat
May 21, 2017 Jean Naples Wounded veterans need the proper care and support at home, and so do their caregivers!
May 21, 2017 Donna Hamilton
May 20, 2017 Judy Carlson
May 20, 2017 Jodi Thomas

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