LVMAC Tidbit: VA Caregiving Assistance is finally going to expand
Long overdue, the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC), formerly reserved to only those who served during the “Global War on Terror” for improper reason, will expand sometime in October, with a launch date to be announced in mid-September.
PCAFC expansion will open up the program to eligible WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans. In addition, eligibility will change: veterans must 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.
One welcomed addition is that family caregivers will also have access to financial planning,legal services in addition to robust educational and supportive services, such as workshops, self-care courses, a caregiver support line, psycho-educational group calls, and peer support mentoring.
In October, those who incurred their injury in the line of duty in the active military, naval or air service on or before May 7, 1975 will have access to the program. Two years down the road, veterans of the remaining in-between eras will have access.
Do not try to apply prior to the official launch date announcement for you 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.
As of 31 August 2020