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National Family Caregivers Month

Caregiving is an Around the Clock Responsibility!

November is National Family Caregivers Month

This month, VA takes time to honor and thank the estimated 5.5 million military caregivers in the United States, who provide vital support and care to 2.4 million Veterans. Family caregivers spend an average of 24.4 hours per week providing care and nearly 1 in 4 caregivers spends 41 hours or more per week providing care based on a 2015 National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP study estimates.

When caring for Veterans requires around the clock support, the Caregiver Support Program (CSP) is available to assist. The program offers a variety of educational and support services to ensure that family caregivers have the tools they need to effectively provide necessary care and help Veterans safely remain in their homes. In addition, resources to help the caregiver take care of themself.

As we mark National Family Caregivers Month, here are a few helpful resources.

Find Support

Call the Caregiver Support Line and your local Caregiver Support Coordinator for help figuring out what type of support you need and what services are available.

Get Tips for Caring for Oneself

As a Caregiver, the very best thing you can do for those who depend on you is to take care of yourself. Let our collection of practical tips, activities, and diaries help keep you physically and emotionally healthy.

Be Encouraged

Find inspiration, strength, and support through the stories of caregivers like you.

Chani and LarryMy name is Chani Kaibetoney. My husband Larry was almost killed in a suicide bombing in Mosul, Iraq in December 2004. I have been taking care of him since then and have been a part of the Caregiver Program since its beginning. I am also a Caregiver Mentor and love helping other caregivers work through any issues that they may have. I have conducted local seminars about Caregiving and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is important to me to open up a line of communication with the family and friends who are caregivers to loved ones, especially those with PTSD. I want to get rid of the stigma surrounding PTSD and bring awareness to the forefront of the issues that are faced by the caregivers to our veterans.

Larry and I live in the beautiful mountains East of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with our dogs, goats, llamas, and chickens. We love the peace and quiet out here, even with our little zoo!