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New rules for the Caregivers and Veteran’s Omnibus Health Services will provide for additional support to eligible post-9/11 veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary family caregiver.
“The new program builds on the foundation of caregiver support now provided at VA and reflects what families and clinicians have long known; that family caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and well-being of veterans under VA care,” said Terry Atienza, Grand Junction VA Medical Center director.
Additional services include a stipend, mental health services and access to health care insurance, if they are not already entitled to care or services under a health care plan. Comprehensive caregiver training and medical support are other key components of this program.
“Veterans and their family caregivers can apply for the new services starting May 9 at www.caregiver. va.gov,” said Mark Miller, Caregiver program coordinator. “I look forward to working with our veterans and caregivers as this program develops,” he added.
Miller is also available to assist with the application process and direct veterans and their family caregivers to other programs VA offers family caregivers for support.
Assistance and information on additional resources are also available to family caregivers through VA’s National Caregiver Support Line, 1-877-222-VETS (8387). Veterans and caregivers with questions about the new program can contact Miller at (970 263-2800, ext. 2247.