12 May '17, 1pm

VA officials still searching for fixes to caregiver stipend program

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials planned three-week review of the department caregiver program will now stretch into late June, to “provide clarity” on enrollment rules for the program. Last month, VA Secretary David Shulkin announced the program review — and a halt to any new dismissals from the program — after an NPR report that dozens of regional medical centers were cutting back on the number of families receiving caregiver benefits, possibly against VA rules. VA has made a variety of support services available to caregivers of veterans in recent years, but the most significant change is a monthly stipend awarded to some severely disabled veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Around 22,000 individuals are currently enrolled in the department’s caregivers stipend program, which awards payouts of several thousand dollars a month to family members of severely ...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/va-caregiver-review...

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