UPDATE June 8, 2018
Earlier this week the President signed into law the “VA MISSION Act,” a bill that will extend eligibility for VA’s comprehensive caregiver assistance program to veterans severely injured before September 11, 2001. The approval of this legislation marks an historical expansion of the VA caregiver program and is a huge leap forward towards providing fairness to all veteran caregivers. It took years of debate, collaboration and finally compromise, but soon thousands more catastrophically injured veterans of all eras—and their caregivers—will become eligible for critical programs and services that they were once denied. While we will continue this fight in the years ahead to ensure that no veteran or unsung hero is left behind, this was a major victory and we couldn’t have done it without advocates like you.
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AMERICA'S UNSUNG HEROES:
CHALLENGES AND INEQUITIES FACING VETERAN CAREGIVERS
For millions of veterans who have suffered injury or illness in service to our nation, it is often a family member or friend steps in at the most critical moment to take on the role of caregiver; some occasionally, other on a full-time basis.
Currently, some research exists on caregiving in general, as well as some specifically looking at military veterans’ caregivers, though primarily for veterans injured on or after September 11, 2001. However, a large percentage of veterans currently needing caregiver assistance were injured prior to that date, and their voices must be heard
In order to better understand veteran caregivers of all eras, DAV conducted a qualitative online survey of self-identified veterans and caregivers. The results of the DAV survey gives a deeper look at the challenges all veteran caregivers face, as well as the supports they receive and could use to help care for their loved ones. By comparing and combining our findings with other surveys and research on caregivers, this report provides a clearer picture of the lives of veterans’ caregivers in order to guide critical public policy changes in the coming years.