VA Caregiver Support Program
Community Resources for Caregivers
There are programs within the caregiver community available to provide additional resources and services to meet your needs as a caregiver or Veteran in need of a caregiver. The list below includes several community organizations and support services that may help you with specific needs and assistance. The list below does not include VA services.
For a comprehensive list of both VA and community supports, click here (PDF).
American Red Cross - Military Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) *
American Red Cross MVCN provides our nation’s military and veteran caregivers of all eras with peer support to reduce isolation and increase connection, engagement, knowledge, skills and hope. The MVCN helps caregivers of all eras and at all stages of caregiving by providing access to three peer support programs: Online Peer Support Community, Peer Mentor Support Program and Peer Support Groups (Online & Community-Based). https://www.redcross.org/military-veteran-caregiver-network.html*
Code of Support *
Code of Support is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to military service members, Veterans and their families, who face multiple and complex challenges. They offer three types of programs: casework, online networking among other military service organizations, and outreach efforts. https://www.codeofsupport.org/*
Elizabeth Dole Foundation (EDF) *
EDF is available for those caring for wounded, ill, or injured Veterans or service members along the caregiving journey. Whether this is comprehensive case management support, assistance with applying for benefits, or just a listening ear, the EDF is available to help. EDF programs includes: Dole Caregiver Fellows, respite help at home, Hidden Helpers for caregiving families with children in the home, Health & Wellness, research and a peer support community. By signing up with the registry, caregivers have access to local events and programs in one’s hometown. Click here for a directory of resources and support through caregivers, as well as other services. https://www.elizabethdolefoundation.org/*
PsychArmor Institute’s School - Military Veteran Caregivers and Families *
PsychArmor offers courses to help caregivers balance caregiving and self-care. This library of 45+ courses, provides information, resources, and strategies on managing the demands and stressors of caregiving. Courses are available at https://psycharmor.org/caregivers/ *
RallyPoint is the premiere digital platform for the military community to come together and discuss military topics both socially and professionally. Our members include military servicemembers, veterans, family members, caregivers, survivors, and supporters of those in uniform. https://www.rallypoint.com/*
Rosalynn Carter Institute (RCI)- Operation Family Caregiver Program *
RCI - Operation Family Caregiver Program promotes the health, strength, and resilience of family caregivers at every stage of their journey. One way RCI fulfills that mission is by supporting the unsung heroes behind our heroes: military caregivers. RCI has two signature programs, Operation Family Caregiver and Operation Caregiver Support, that were specifically designed to address the unique needs of military caregivers. Programs are free, virtual, and offered at your convenience, in both English and Spanish. Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) provides confidential one-on-one coaching to the families, friends, and supporters of those who have served our nation in any service era. Learn more or enroll: https://www.operationfamilycaregiver.org/operation-caregiver-support/*
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) *
TAPS provides compassionate care for all those grieving the death of a military loved one. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support to all those who are grieving the death of someone whose life included military service to the United States. This support is offered regardless of the cause of death, times since death, or relationship to the deceased and available at no cost to military survivors through the generous support of donors and sponsors. https://www.taps.org/
- AARP Resources for Caregivers and their Families* - family caregiving resources
- Blue Star Families * - founded in 2009 by military spouses to strengthen and empower military and Veteran families to thrive as they serve.
- Caregiver Action Network * - provides education, peer support & resources to family caregivers.
- CaringBridge*- provides free, secure, personal websites – as a dedicated platform – to assist family and friends in communicating with loved ones during any type of health journey.
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV)* - helps disabled military Veterans and their families through various means.
- Easter Seals *- provides disability services, with additional support areas serving Veterans and military families, seniors, and caregivers.
- Military One Source * - 24/7 gateway to trusted information, resources, and confidential help from the Department of Defense
- Project Sanctuary * - takes a human-centered, solution-based approach to helping military families heal and move forward in life.
- Sesame Street Workshop* - provides Little Children, Big Challenges family support services, kids’ learning resources and other support for military children, which helps all families of military service build the skills they need to be resilient.
- Semper Fi Fund * - provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to our nation’s critically wounded, ill, and injured service members, Veterans, and military families.
- Student Veterans of America* - Through a network of more than 1,500 on-campus chapters, Student Veterans of America® ensures that student Veterans and military-connected students achieve their greatest potential.
- Team Red, White & Blue * – enriching Veteran’s lives by forging America’s leading health and wellness community for Veterans
- Unspoken Heroes Program * - is a set of assistance programs created to support our nation’s silent heroes, our Veterans, Veteran caregivers, Gold Star Families, and Blue Star Moms.
Call VA’s Caregiver Support Line (CSL) at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more about the support that is available to you, and for assistance connecting with the Caregiver Support Team/Coordinator, at your local VA Medical Center.
VA CSL Expanded hours:
-Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET
-Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
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.
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Disclaimer: *Links to information and websites outside of the Department of VA do not indicate an endorsement of products or services offered by the sites. In addition, these sites may have privacy and security policies that are inconsistent with those of VA.