VA News – “We will start doing our jobs, I guess.” VA to stop dropping Caregivers from support program. NPR Article

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So I will add my own comments that the Care Giver Support Program is one that requires more than meeting the requirements to enter, the Department has denied my wife 3 times now, even though I fully meet the requirements, the raters do not agree even when looking at their own paperwork. It is impossible to consider the stress that is placed on family members of disabled veterans and this is a program designed to help them.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that it will stop dropping caregivers from its stipend program. The temporary suspension comes three days after a report from NPR exposed concerns from veterans that their caregivers were arbitrarily cut, despite no change in their status.

The VA became aware of “continued concerns expressed by Veterans, caregivers and advocates about inconsistent application of eligibility requirements by VA medical centers,” the department said in a statement said.

“It is essential that we get this right,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This affects one of our most vulnerable Veteran populations and we need to make sure we have consistency on how we process and evaluate benefit applications across VA.”

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