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Resources & Education for Stroke Caregivers' Understanding & Empowerment (RESCUE)
The RESCUE website provides stroke Caregivers with information and resources to help them better care for their loved one. The website also gives Caregivers information to help them take care of themselves. There are 44 easy-to-read "fact sheets" about stroke and stroke caregiving on this website which can be downloaded and printed.

The Veterans Crisis Line
Available for Veterans, families and Caregivers in crisis. It puts you in touch with trained, caring VA professionals through a toll-free number and online chat. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or chat online to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

eBenefits
eBenefits is a portal; a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and, in time, manage their benefits and personal information.

My HealtheVet
My HealtheVet is a free, online personal health record available 24/7, where ever Internet access is available. If you are a VA patient, are registered on My HealtheVet, and have completed the one-time In-Person Authentication process, you can obtain your VA Wellness Reminders, view your VA appointments, and fully participate in My HealtheVet features available. My HealtheVet is pleased to introduce the Caregiver Assistance Center, designed by and for Veterans and their Caregivers. The My HealtheVet Caregiver Assistance Center is designed to help Veterans, family members, friends, and their health care teams achieve the best health care possible through education, research, and improved patient-provider communication.

The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA)
CHAMPVA is a comprehensive health care program in which VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries. Primary Family Caregivers of eligible post-9/11 Veterans may qualify for this benefit, (if the Caregiver is not already entitled to care or services under a health care plan). For more information, speak with a CHAMPVA representative in the Caregiver Specialty Unit at 1-877-733-7927 and your local VA Caregiver Support Coordinator.

Women's Health
Provides information on health care services available to women Veterans, including comprehensive primary care as well as specialty care such as reproductive services, rehabilitation, mental health, and treatment for military sexual trauma.

Vet Centers
For Veterans who have served in any combat zone, Vet Centers are in your community to help you and your family with readjustment counseling and outreach services. Contact a Vet Center by calling 1-877-WAR-VETS

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
Provides information, education, and resources on Military Sexual Trauma (MST). VA has special programs and services available to help men and women who have experienced military sexual trauma.

Homeless Veterans
Provides information, education, resources, programs, and benefits for Veterans who are at-risk for homelessness or attempting to exit homelessness. Includes the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline (1-877-424-3838) to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors.

Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury
Provides education, information, and understanding of traumatic brain injury. Includes information and highlights the VA Polytrauma System of Care.

National Center for PTSD
Provides information and education on different types of trauma: war, terrorism, violence and abuse, and disasters.

Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF)
Provides information on services and benefits available to OEF/OIF/OD Veterans who have recently returned from military service.

Fisher Houses
A Fisher House is a "home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. Fisher House is also a proud partner of "Hero Miles" - a program that provides airline tickets to hospitalized service members and their families and supports the respite needs of Veterans and their identified Family Caregiver.

Long Term Care and Home and Community Based Services
Provides information on Long Term Care and Home and Community Based programs and services for Veterans who may be chronically ill, elderly, or in poor health. Includes information on Adult Day Care, Home Based Primary Care, Homemaker and Home Health Aide, Hospice and Palliative Care, Purchased Skilled Care, Respite Care, Veteran-Directed Care, Medical Foster Home, nursing home and residential services, and geriatric care and research. Explore the Guide to Long Term Care for helpful information.

Blind Rehabilitation Services
Overview of the VA Blind Rehabilitation Services available to visually impaired and blind Veterans.

Mental Health Services
Provides an overview of VA Mental Health Services available to Veterans. Includes information and resources for: Depression, Substance Abuse, Suicide Prevention, Military Sexual Trauma, PTSD, Mental Health Recovery, Homelessness, and services for families, Veteran students, women Veterans, and Veterans at work.

MAKE THE CONNECTION
Connecting Veterans and their friends and family members with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives. Hear inspiring stories of strength. Learn what has worked for other Veterans.

Patient Aligned Care team (PACT)
Overview of the PACT Model that provides accessible, coordinated, comprehensive, patient-centered care, and is managed by primary care providers with the active involvement of other clinical and non-clinical staff.

Life Insurance
VA provides life insurance benefits to Servicemembers, Veterans and family members. Many programs offer life insurance to Veterans who may otherwise be unable to obtain life insurance due to their disabilities. As a Caregiver, you may want to have your loved one consider VA life insurance to provide them with the certainty that their loved ones will be cared for in the event of their death. Click here to view a quick Life Insurance Fact Sheet about the range of programs available.

Non-VA Resources

Administration on Aging: Emergency Preparedness
Centers for Disease Control: Emergency Preparedness
The Administration on Aging and Centers for Disease Control have developed several resources to assist individuals, families and their Caregivers with emergency planning and disaster preparedness. Please check out these helpful resources for more information including tips and tools to assist you in your personal preparedness.

The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory (NRD) provides access to links to services and resources that support Service Members, Veterans, families and caregivers. The NRD lists resources from federal, state and local government websites, as well as those of non-profit organizations and educational institutions. The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. Information contained within the NRD is from federal, state and local government agencies; Veteran and military service organizations; non-profit and community-based organizations; academic institutions and professional associations that provide assistance to wounded warriors and their families.

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