08 Jul '18, 11am

Why Are Vietnam Vets, Families Still Waiting for VA Caregiver Benefits?

"I just think it's very unfair, the inequity of it all. You give up so much," Donna Joyner said of the wall put up by Congress at the Department of Veterans Affairs that has separated one generation of family caregivers to disabled veterans from another. Joyner, the wife and caregiver to her husband, triple amputee Vietnam veteran Dennis Joyner, has been among the thousands who are ineligible for training and modest stipends under the VA Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program that was limited to post-9/11 veterans by a law passed in 2010. On June 6, President Donald Trump signed the VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act, or VA Mission Act, which was primarily aimed at expanding private health care options through the VA. As part of the Mission Act, the caregivers program was expanded to eliminate the 9/11 limitation in sta...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/07/07/why-are-vi...

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