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Caring for a Seriously Injured Post-9/11 Veteran

Caregivers of eligible post-9/11 Veterans and Servicemembers may be eligible for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. Caregivers participating in the program are eligible for a monthly stipend, travel expenses for medical appointments, access to health care insurance, mental health counseling, training opportunities, and respite care.

Communicating about Your Needs

Understanding Diagnoses

Managing Demands, Stress and Emotions 

Maintaining Relationships 

PsychArmor Institute’s School for Military Veteran Caregivers and Families - (free self-paced courses) 

PsychArmor Institute’s School for Military Veteran Caregivers and Families*,  PsychArmor Institutue is a nonprofit that provides FREE education and support to all Americans who work with, live with or care for Servicemembers, Veterans and their families. You can find over a dozen free, on-demand, self-paced, web-based courses by visiting the caregivers and families section of the PsychArmor Web site: https://psycharmor.org/caregivers/*

The VA Caregiver Support Line (CSL) has partnered with PsychArmor Institutue to develop web-based courses using CSL Telephone Education Groups scripts.

  • Coaching a Loved One Into Care* - talk to your Veteran about seeking help.
  • Choosing Your Words* - caregiverrs learn to effectively communicate their needs to a loved one.
  • Good Grief* - helps caregivers not only learn to cope with a death of a loved on, but also other losses they may grieve.
  • Creating a Space for You* - validates the difficulties caregivers have leaving the home and creating their own space.

Moving around Safely

Sesame Street Workshop

Sesame Street For Military Families: Caregiving
http://ssic.org/veterancaregiving*
Coming home from a deployment with visible or invisible injuries is a huge challenge for any servicemember or veteran – especially those with young children in their family. Even beyond the military community, the reality is that most people will serve as caregivers at some point in their lives. These resources remind every caregiving parent and child that they’re not alone, and that asking for help is always a brave thing to do.

Sesame Street Workshop provides the following resources for children in caregiving households:

  • Three videos starring Rosita – a familiar face on Sesame Street - along with her Mami and Papi, who uses a wheelchair after an injury.
  • A music video that features footage of military and veteran families with an injured parent celebrating their “sunny days” together.
  • Two documentary-style videos for adults about parenting after an injury.
  • A digital interactive game for children, playable across desktop and handheld devices, plus five printable activities.
  • A printed activity book called “My Sunny and Stormy Days,” designed for parents and children to complete together and five printables available for download on the website.
  • A series of articles for parents about tackling children’s tough questions, asking for support, and embracing a sense of family togetherness as routines change.

Sesame Street Workshop Military Families Initiative
https://sesamestreetformilitaryfamilies.org/*
Sesame Street for Military Families is a free, bilingual (English and Spanish) website where families can find information and multimedia resources on the topics of military deployments, multiple deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief, and self-expression.

In addition Little Children, Big Challenges*  family support services, kids learning sites, and other resources for military children, which help all families of military service build the skills they need to be resilient. Topics include Everyday Challenges, Divorce & Incarceration.

Additional publications on various health topics can be found within the VA Veteran’s Health Library.

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.

Disclaimer: *Links will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.