Caregiving and Veterans

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Caregiving and Veterans

Whether it's former "empty-nest" parents resuming a caregiving role for unmarried children returned home as injured veterans, or a spouse of a veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the responsiblities of the veteran's caregiver can become incredibly overwhelming—mentally, emotionally and physically. With today's medical care system and technologies, we're seeing more veterans living longer lives—but often accompanied by injuries, psychiatric issues and/or physical impairments.

We've compiled the resources on this page to provide answers and links to resources for those experiencing the situations above, as well as for veterans themselves. The most helpful may be the toll-free National Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274 (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time). The phone service provides licensed clinical social workers who will answer questions, listen to your concerns, and direct you to a VA Caregiver Support Coordinator in your local area.

Related FCA Fact Sheets

How to Form a Support Group for Families of Brain-Impaired Adults
Making Choices About Everyday Care (for Families)
Helping Families Make Everyday Care Choices (for Providers)
Hiring In-Home Help
Assistive Technology
Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers
Grief & Loss

Related Articles & Publications

FAQ: Caregiving for a Veterans
VA Fact Sheet on TBI for families and caregivers
VA to Take Applications for New Family Caregiver Program
Study Spotllights Challenges Faced by Cargivers of Veterans (NPR)
Caregivers of Veterans - Serving on the Homefront (Full report)

Other Resources for Veterans

Tuesday, January 21, 2014