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Peer Support Mentoring Program

Being the caregiver of a Veteran is full of challenges. VA has developed a Peer Support Mentoring Program to link you to a peer — someone who has experienced similar challenges and situations — to provide you with additional support and guidance along your journey

2 women talking The Caregiver Peer Support Mentoring Program is available for general and family caregivers of all Veterans. The program was developed to strengthen relationships between caregivers, to provide an opportunity for networking and to empower caregivers to help one another. Caregiver Peer Support Mentoring Program also helps caregivers to establish relationships with each other and create a comfort zone for support.

Mentoring Can Provide:

  • Personalized guidance, based on experience and knowledge
  • Friendship
  • A good listener when you need it

Why Become a Peer Mentor?

Mentoring creates a trusting and helpful relationship between two people. Peer Mentors provide personal support to their Mentees, assist with the navigation of daily stressors and serve as role models for individuals who need help.

Benefits of Serving as a Peer Mentor
  • Sharing tips about caregiving that you have learned through your own experience
  • sharing your experience and knowledge of resources such as VA benefits, the VA healthcare team and community agencies that can provide needed assistance
  • Providing an outlet for socializing and networking
  • Helping caregivers build life skills to deal with adversity in the future

“Finding the Peer Mentor Program really helped me. Having a mentor meant that I had someone to talk to, who understood the struggles of caring for a Vet. I wanted to be able to share that help with others, so I took the training and became a mentor myself. You aren’t in this alone, and we mentors are here for you.” - Jamie, Peer Support Mentor and Caregiver for 9 years

Why Work with a Peer Mentor?

Because there are many challenges to being a caregiver, it can be helpful for you to talk with someone who has “been there” and understands the pressures that come with being a caregiver.

Benefits of Having a Peer Mentor
  • Creating an outlet for socializing and networking
  • Learning from the experience and support of those who understand the challenges caregivers face
  • Receiving support from someone who has “been there”

Eligibility Criteria

  • Caregivers of Veterans of all eras are eligible to participate in the VA Caregiver Peer Support Mentoring Program, both as Mentors and as Mentees.
  • Mentors will be required to participate in training before being assigned to a Mentee.
  • Background and fingerprint checks are required for Mentors through the local VA medical center Voluntary Services Department.

How Can I Be Connected to the Peer Support Mentoring Program?

2 women talking in officeYour local Caregiver Support Coordinator can assist you with a referral. Caregiver Support Coordinators serve to assist Veterans and caregivers access VA services and benefits as well as local community resources. To identify your local Caregiver Support Coordinator, contact your local VA medical center or use the locator link on the Caregiver Website

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Listen to a caregiver share their journey, be inspired and reassured that you are not alone!

Caregiver Support Line - Monthly Presentations

Sign up for monthly telephone-based group sessions. These presentations provide self-care tips on a range of topics and allow time for comments and questions. Access audio recordings, and transcripts of Caregiver Support Line (CSL) Monthly Presentations

Support for Spanish-Speaking Caregivers - Telephone Support Group Calls

  • June 10: Caregiver Point of View – VA Navigation
  • September 9: Caregiver Point of View – What is it to be a Caregiver?

This is open to Family/General Caregivers of Veterans of all eras.

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Caregiver Support Coordinator
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. Find your local Caregiver Support Coordinator

Caregiver Support Line
With VA's Caregiver Support Line – 1-855-260-3274 – assistance is just a quick phone call away. If you're just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support that's available to you.

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