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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


Sep 17, 2017 Richard Han
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Sep 13, 2017 Jessica Mattox
Sep 13, 2017 Shawn Cloninger
Sep 11, 2017 Betty Reynolds
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Sep 10, 2017 Rebecca Holzer
Sep 6, 2017 Dawne Imes
Sep 6, 2017 Catherine Jarvey
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Sep 4, 2017 Linda Haines
Sep 3, 2017 Donna Jay
Sep 1, 2017 Laura Kahn
Sep 1, 2017 Jen vonSchlieder
Aug 30, 2017 Catherine Boxdorfer I think President Donald J. Trump won't let the veterans down
Aug 29, 2017 Elizabeth Castigliego
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Aug 28, 2017 Heather Kessler
Aug 28, 2017 Ann Nicholas Think of your children and grandchildren!!
Aug 28, 2017 DOROTHY RODEL
Aug 28, 2017 Emily Haseltine
Aug 27, 2017 Sue Sweeney We MUST not let the Veterans and their families down now! With this pathetic Administration we need to protect our veterans more than ever in our history!
Aug 26, 2017 June Spensley
Aug 25, 2017 Barbara MacDougall
Aug 23, 2017 JoAnn Evans
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Aug 20, 2017 Arrie Hammel
Aug 20, 2017 Alice Jacobson
Aug 19, 2017 Lisa Maddux
Aug 18, 2017 Mary Ware
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Aug 18, 2017 Mary Manner
Aug 18, 2017 Gil Hackel
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Aug 17, 2017 Whitney Oppito
Aug 16, 2017 Terry Lowe
Aug 16, 2017 Esmeralda Fowler
Aug 16, 2017 Susan Martin
Aug 16, 2017 Karen Jakowicz
Aug 15, 2017 Erin Vachon
Aug 15, 2017 Liz Johnson
Aug 14, 2017 Vivecka Rodriguez
Aug 14, 2017 Amanda holm
Aug 14, 2017 Diane Czar
Aug 14, 2017 EDITH LOBROT
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