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Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC)

The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) is for eligible Veterans who have incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. This program provides resources, education, support, a financial stipend, and health insurance (if eligible), beneficiary travel (if eligible), to caregivers of eligible Veterans. Veterans may be eligible for this clinical program if they:

  • Sustained or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty on or after 9/11/2001; and
  • Require personal care services to perform one or more activities of daily living, or
  • Require supervision and protection based on symptoms of residuals of neurological impairment or injury, and
  • Require the assistance of a family caregiver to live safely in a home setting, for a minimum of six month.

As a family caregiver you play an important role in caring for the Veteran at home and in the community. We are here to support you. To learn if you may qualify, click here for eligibility: VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

PCAFC Roles, Responsibilities and Requirements document explains the roles, responsibilities and requirements for Family Caregivers and Veterans/Servicemembers participating in PCAFC as well as the roles, responsibilities and requirements of VA Caregiver Support Coordinators (CSCs).
  - PCAFC - Roles, Responsibilities and Requirements (English-PDF). 
  - PCAFC - Funciones, responsabilidades y requisitos (Spanish-PDF)

Am I eligble?

There are many steps in the application process that determine if you qualify. But do not worry, there is a Caregiver Support Coordinator at every VA Medical Center to help you through the process. If the Veteran was discharged on or after September 11, 2001 (post 9/11) you may qualify for this program.

VA is working to give more family caregivers access to the Program of Comprehensive Assistance of Family Caregivers (PCAFC). The VA MISSION Act of 2018 will expand this program by providing benefits to caregivers of eligible pre-9/11 Veterans in addition to post-9/11 Veterans. The official launch date of the expansion will be announced by VA in mid-September.

Be sure to check www.caregiver.va.gov for updates or subscribe to receive email updates and information about VA Caregiver Support Program services

What services does this program offer?

If approved, Veterans can select one (1) primary (main) caregiver and up to two (2) secondary caregivers. Secondary caregivers serve as a backup support to the primary caregiver when needed. The services you receive will depend on whether you are the primary or secondary caregiver.

If you are the primary caregiver, you may receive:

  • A monthly stipend (paid directly to you as the caregiver);
  • Access to health care insurance through Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA), if you do not already have health insurance;
  • Mental health counseling;
  • Certain beneficiary travel benefits when traveling with the Veteran to appointments. Note for specific details, speak to your Caregiver Support Coordinator;
  • At least 30 days of respite care per year, for the Veteran. Respite is short term relief for someone else to care for the Veteran while you take a break.

If you are the secondary caregiver, you may receive:

  • Mental health counseling;
  • Certain beneficiary travel benefits when traveling with the Veteran to appointments. Note for specific details, speak to your Caregiver Support Coordinator;
  • At least 30 days of respite care, per year for the Veteran. Respite is short term relief for someone else to care for the Veteran while you take a break.

Steps to apply:

Step 1: Download and print VA Form10-10CG (PDF), application for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

Step 2: Complete, sign, and date the form. The Veteran and caregiver(s) must sign.

  • If a Veteran has a court appointed legal guardian, representative or Durable Power of Attorney (POA) the court appointed representative must sign on behalf of the Veteran. Provide a copy of the POA or Guardianship paperwork if signing for a Veteran.

Step 3: Mail the form and supporting documents to:

Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
Health Eligibility Center
2957 Clairmont Road NE, Ste 200
Atlanta, GA 30329-1647

Do not send medical records along with the application. VA will follow up after the application is received, approximately 4–6 weeks. If there is no follow up from VA after 6 weeks, call 1-877-222-8387 to check the status.

How to appeal?

If you do not agree with the decision that was made by the local VA regarding your participation on the Caregiver Support Program, you may file a local and/or VISN level appeal for review and reconsideration.

PCAFC Expansion

Please see Frequently Asked Question regarding the upcoming PCAFC expansion

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Need Help!

Your local Caregiver Support Coordinator is a licensed professional who can support you by matching you with services for which you are eligible, and providing you with valuable information about resources that can help you stay smart, strong and organized as you care for the Veteran you love.

Call VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more about the support that is available to you and for assistance connecting with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at your local VA Medical Center.
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