Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
November is National Caregiver Month
November is National Caregiver Month. The VA’s Caregiver Support Program provides a wide range of services to Caregivers of Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury or psychological trauma in the line of duty. Caregivers for Veterans of all eras may be eligible for services if the Veteran is unable to perform an activity of daily living or needs supervision. A few of the many benefits of this program for Caregivers of post 9/11 Veterans include a monthly stipend, support groups, 30+ days of respite care per year, education and training on caregiving, CHAMPVA healthcare coverage, and mental health services for the Caregiver. Caregivers of eligible Veterans are urged to apply for the program through a website (www.caregiver.va.gov) or directly through Truman VA’s Caregiver Support Coordinator, Denise Heet, by calling 573-814-6204.
Once enrolled, Caregivers are supported by VA in a number of ways. A monthly stipend is allotted, based on the amount of Caregiving needed by the Veteran as determined by his or her physicians. CHAMPVA health care coverage is available for Caregivers who do not have other health care coverage and mental health services are provided for Caregivers at VA. Caregivers also receive online and/or on-campus training and support groups are available. Regular visits from a home health nurse provide Caregivers with extra assistance and ensure that each Caregiver is equipped to meet the Veteran’s needs.
In recognition of National Caregiver Month, Truman VA is excited to showcase two of our 100+ local Caregivers. In the coming weeks we will introduce these two extraordinary women and tell their stories of love, dedication and support for their Veteran husbands.
Here are their stories: