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Respite Relief Program
AARP & Elizabeth Dole Foundation (EDF) announced "new" Respite Relief Program for Military & Veteran Caregivers going nationwide this year.
Mental Health Awareness Month
It can be difficult to tell if you or your loved ones are affected by a mental health condition.
VA Expands COVID-19 Vaccines
Starting May 24, VA will begin vaccinating adolescents 12-17 who are caregivers of Veterans
SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS
As a family caregiver you play an important role in caring for the Veteran at home and in the community.
Announcement Expansion Phase 1 is Here!
Eligibility for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) has expanded.
Review the fact sheets to learn more about the expansion.
- Caregivers PCAFC - Application Process Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Caregivers PCAFC - Expansion Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Caregivers PCAFC - Eligibility Criteria Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Caregivers PCAFC - Legacy Participant Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Caregivers PCAFC - Monthly Stipend Fact Sheet (PDF)
Fact Sheets available in Spanish & Tagalog/Filipino.
There are several steps in the application process that determine if you qualify.
How do I apply for this program?
You and the Veteran will need to apply together and participate in an application process to determine if you’re eligible for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. You'll both need to sign and date the application and answer all questions for your role.
You can apply online right now.
Apply for the program of comprehensive caregiver assistance
You can also apply:
Fill out a joint Application for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (VA Form 10-10CG).
Download VA Form 10-10CG (PDF)
Mail the form and any supporting documents to:
Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
Health Eligibility Center
2957 Clairmont Road NE, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30329-1647
Bring your completed VA Form 10-10CG to your local VA medical center's Caregiver Support Coordinator. To find the name of your local coordinator, you can:
Go to the VA Caregiver Support Coordinator directory, or
Contact the Caregiver Support Line at 855-260-3274
Do not send medical records along with the application. VA will follow up after the application is received. If you need assistance with completing the application or would like to check the status of your 1010CG application please call 1-855-488-8440, option 3.
Be sure to check back for updates or subscribe to receive email updates and information about VA Caregiver Support Program services.
1099-NEC for Caregiver Stipend Payments
Several Primary Family Caregivers participating in VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) recently expressed concern over receiving a 1099-NEC form from VA. After researching this matter, VA found that a total of 149 PCAFC Caregivers received a 1099-NEC form. These PCAFC Caregivers were all paid taxable wages in 2020 as providers of bowel and bladder care for their Veteran family member under VA’s Spinal Cord Injury or Disorder (SCI/D) Program. The 1099-NEC form received by these 149 PCAFC Caregivers reflected only their bowel and bladder wages.
Bowel and bladder care for Veterans with SCI/D are supportive and necessary medical services when they are unable to manage bowel and bladder functions independently. The clinic of jurisdiction, or VA medical facility, authorizes such care under the Community Care Program to enrolled Veterans with SCI/D who are dependent upon others for bowel and bladder care while residing in the community. Veterans with SCI/D who qualify for bowel and bladder care may receive that care through a home health agency, a family member, or an individually employed caregiver.
Starting Monday, February 8, the Office of Community Care will begin calling the 149 Caregivers to explain why they received the 1099-NEC form and answer any questions they may have.
The Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018
The Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act allows Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war, veterans with service-connected disabilities, and individuals approved and designated as primary family caregivers of eligible veterans, entry onto military installations to use the AAFES Exchange; commissary and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities.
Review the VA Caregiver Support and DOD FAQs (PDF) about this program.
Learn about the requirements for in-person home visits during the National Emergency related to Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19), for information please visit https://www.regulations.gov/*.
We appreciate you and we are here to help you!
Each VA Medical Center has a Caregiver Support Coordinator available to assist you with enrolling in these programs. For help, contact your local Caregiver Support Coordinator using the Caregiver Support Coordinator search tool, or call the VA Caregiver Support Line, at 1-855-260-3274.
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-Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET