Thursday, February 17, 2011

Congress Pushing VA on Caregiver Benefits

Congress Pushing VA on Caregiver Benefits: Congress is asking VA where the plan is for implementing The Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act (PL 111-163), which was signed into law last May to provide training, education, a stipend, and mental health counseling to the primary caregivers of severely disabled veterans who require daily care. VA created a toll-free 1-855-260-3274 resource number and has indicated they are working as quickly as possible, but they have yet to provide specifics, even though the provisions in the new law were supposed to have begun on Jan. 31.  VFW is working with all parties to find a temporary solution that will provide immediate assistance to these beneficiaries.