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Caring for Seriously Injured Post-9/11 Veterans

The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers offers enhanced support for Caregivers of eligible Veterans seriously injured in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. 

Enhanced services for eligible participants may include a financial stipend, access to health care insurance, mental health services and counseling, caregiver training, and respite care. 

Thank You for Your Suggestions to help the VA Improve the PCAFC

The comment period for the Request for Information on the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers in the Federal Register is now closed. The Veterans Health Administration sincerely appreciates your feedback. Your input is vital to the importance of improving the services within the program for our nation’s caregivers and Veterans.

Who is eligible?

Veterans eligible for this program must:
  • have sustained or aggravated a serious injury — including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder — in the line of duty, on or after September 11, 2001; and
  • be in need of personal care services to perform one or more activities of daily living and/or need supervision or protection based on symptoms or residuals of neurological impairment or injury.

Read more about determining eligibility and how the program works.

Check your eligibility and download an application.

Learn about the roles, responsibilities and requirements for being a Caregiver and participating in the program by reading:

Learning about available support

Participating Veterans may appoint one primary caregiver and up to two secondary caregivers who serve as back-up. The support available to caregivers will depend on their designation—primary or secondary—and the needs of the Veteran.

For more information, contact your local Caregiver Support Coordinator. Caregiver Support Coordinators are available at every VA Medical Center to assist Veterans and their caregivers with the application process. Additional application assistance is available at 1-877-222 VETS (8387).

Appealing a decision

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. Read more about the appeals process in our Caregiver Support Program Appeals Process.

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