Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to expandWill open up to eligible WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans
Posted onMonday, August 31, 2020 10:00 am Posted in Caregivers, Health, Top Stories by VAntage Point Contributor
VA recognizes the critical role family caregivers play in enabling Veterans to stay in their homes, surrounded by their loved ones.
That’s why VA has announced the expansion of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) this October.
The specific launch date will be announced in mid-SeptemberVA believes the PCAFC expansion will enhance the health and well-being of thousands of Veterans by supporting the caregivers who care for them. Two anticipated changes for the program are improved standardization and increased transparency.
Long DescriptionThe PCAFC expansion will enhance the health and well-being of thousands of Veterans.
PCAFC expansion will open up the program to eligible WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans. In addition, eligibility will change to eligible Veterans who have a single or combined VA service-connected disability rating of 70% or higher. This applies regardless of whether the disability is the result of an injury, illness or disease.
With this expansion, Primary Family Caregivers in PCAFC will also have access to financial planning and legal services.
Currently, PCAFC is only available to family caregivers of eligible Veterans seriously injured in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.
The program will expand in two phases
Many services are available via phone or online which is especially important during the coronavirus pandemic. All caregivers who provide personal care services to Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare have access to PGCSS.
Please consider contacting your local Caregiver Support Coordinator and asking about PGCSS.
Do not apply prior to the launch dateWWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans will want to apply for PCAFC after the official launch date. VA will announce in mid-September.
Applications submitted from Veterans in these eras prior to the official launch date will be denied.
Check the Caregiver Support Program website at www.caregiver.va.gov for updates or subscribe to the Listserv to receive email updates.
Jeff Sodoma, MPA, Esq. is a lawyer based in Virginia Beach, Virginia
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