Caregivers are the family and friends who help and support severely ill and injured veterans live to their highest potential. To help recognize their sacrifices and meet their needs, DAV worked to pass Public Law 111-163, which requires that the Department of Veterans Affairs create a comprehensive support program for caregivers. Through the Caregiver Support Program, the VA provides an unprecedented level of support to families with veterans seriously injured in the line of duty in post-9/11 service. These supports and services include education and training in the caregiving role, enrollment for the family caregiver in the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA), an expanded respite benefit, mental health treatment and modest stipends paid directly to the family caregiver.
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