VA standardizing caregiver plan as Congress considers opening program to older vets

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VA Secretary David Shulkin has told congressional committees in recent weeks he supports a change in law to expand the post-9/11 caregiver program so that its cash stipend and menu of support services can benefit caregivers to severely injured veterans from earlier generations.

First, however, the Department of Veterans Affairs wants to standardize how the post-9/11 program is administered across more than 150 VA medical facilities supported by more than 360 caregiver coordinators. Toward that end, the VA on Wednesday issued its first policy directive on screening, supporting and dismissing participants for post-9/11 benefits so the program is more uniform and predictable.  VA standardizing caregiver plan

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