Veteran caregivers will not be excluded from the support program

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Although he could not provide an exact timeline as to when the VA would finalize its eligibility criteria, Remy maintained that veterans of all eras could apply for the PCAFC starting in October.​

“We will complete these legacy reassessments and, based on these assessments, any caregiver eligible for an increase in caregiver benefits will receive that increase,” he said.

Who is entitled to carer’s allowance?​

Caregivers of veterans who served in the Vietnam War and before and those who were seriously injured on or after September 11, 2001, are already eligible for a monthly payment, among other VA benefits. The veteran must have a service-related disability rating of 70% and require personal care for at least six consecutive months to qualify.​

On October 1, eligibility will expand to include veterans injured between May 7, 1975 and September 10, 2001, meaning the benefit will now be open to all veterans, regardless of age and period. of service.​

Disability ratings are assigned by the VA based on the severity of an illness and how much it impairs a veteran’s overall health and ability to function. The higher the rating, the more severe the disability.​

Monthly payments are set by a federal rate assigned to where a veteran lives. For example, a primary family caregiver of a veteran in Dallas who is unable to perform activities of daily living or requires ongoing supervision would receive approximately $2,800 per month. If the veteran can perform activities of daily living, the caregiver will receive approximately $1,750 per month.

Other services available to caregivers include access to health care benefits, caregiver education, financial assistance, mental health services and up to 30 days of respite care.

For more information, contact the nearest VA Caregiver Support Coordinator (CSC) or call the VA Caregiver Hotline at 855-260-3274 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET).​

Aaron Kassraie writes about issues important to military veterans and their families for AARP. He is also a general assignment reporter. Kassraie previously covered U.S. foreign policy as a Washington bureau correspondent for the Kuwait News Agency and worked in news gathering for USA today and Al Jazeera English.

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