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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.


Petition Signatures

Apr 24, 2018 Shirley Morris This is too important for people who don't have anyone.
Apr 24, 2018 Laureen Kennedy
Apr 24, 2018 Valerie Longo
Apr 24, 2018 Tara Mae
Apr 24, 2018 marie parker
Apr 23, 2018 LAWRENCE SILVERMAN Why is there always a problem when somthing is good for us veterans
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Jo Johnson
Apr 23, 2018 Vicki Shapley
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed) Too important of a program to do away with.
Apr 23, 2018 Sandra Anderson
Apr 23, 2018 Jackie Creager
Apr 23, 2018 Nathalie Cikin
Apr 22, 2018 Ms. Jocelyn Valdez-Loqui
Apr 21, 2018 Deirdre Williams
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) Sadly this is something that isn’t going to be resolved quick enough! 😡😡😡
Apr 20, 2018 Joan McNabb
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 dana Gurley
Apr 19, 2018 Marilyn Bartlett
Apr 19, 2018 Patrick Paine
Apr 19, 2018 Doreen Tignanelli
Apr 18, 2018 Amy Weise
Apr 18, 2018 Joseph Tanke Caregivers help serve those who have served us.
Apr 18, 2018 John W. Rumery jr. More should be done!
Apr 18, 2018 jennie hoskins
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 Annita Stephanou
Apr 18, 2018 Marisa Kieren
Apr 17, 2018 Joe C Mayfield, Maj Ret
Apr 17, 2018 paul dormer
Apr 17, 2018 Jasmin Ranero
Apr 17, 2018 ALEXANDRA M Manolesco-Ami
Apr 17, 2018 Johnna Whalon Caregivers fight a different war at home everyday. Veteran and Military spouse unemployment is 4x high that the national average. These families have fought for our country and upheld their oaths! You should do the same! It is the very least u could do!
Apr 17, 2018 sharon klakken
Apr 17, 2018 James Sweeten
Apr 17, 2018 Laura Zerr
Apr 17, 2018 Karla Lagos
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2018 Loretta Lowery
Apr 17, 2018 joe startt veterans need this care PLEASE DONT CUT THEM OFF
Apr 17, 2018 Rachel Gumina
Apr 17, 2018 Renee Kidd Caregivers And Veterans Deserve this Service! Please continue for our Heroes.
Apr 17, 2018 Sherry Irvin
Apr 17, 2018 Patty Connolly
Apr 17, 2018 Grace Cunningham
Apr 17, 2018 Karen Bader It's usually much cheaper to care for and keep vets in their homes, if possible. Do the right thing for both the caregivers and vets.
Apr 17, 2018 Emily Golden

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