VA Caregiver Support
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.
VA seeks public comment on Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, as amended by VA MISSION Act of 2018
Beginning November 27, 2018 through December 12, 2018 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will accept public comments on how to implement certain changes to the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) required by the VA MISSION Act of 2018.
The VA MISSION Act of 2018 expands eligibility for PCAFC to family caregivers of eligible Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty before Sept. 11, 2001 using a phased approach, establishes new benefits for designated primary family caregivers of eligible Veterans and makes other changes affecting program eligibility and VA’s evaluation of PCAFC applications.
Submitted responses will be used to guide future regulatory modifications and implementation of the expanded PCAFC. The Federal Register notice and comment submission form can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/11/27/2018-25763/notice-of-request-for-information-on-the-department-of-veterans-affairs-program-of-comprehensive.
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.
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:
- The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers - Roles, Responsibilities and Requirements.
- Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers - FAQ's
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.*By clicking on these links, you will leave the Department of Veterans Affairs Web site.