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Family caregivers for elderly veterans are expected to get more financial aid from the Veterans Administration as a healthcare crisis looms for elderly vets.

VA is expected to release a strategic plan this week that would include more assistance for relatives who take care of veterans.

The expansion of the family caregiver program will be life changing with the desire of most elderly vets to live at home, asserted House Veterans Affairs Health Subcommittee Chair Julia Brownley (D-CA) and lead Republican Dr. Neal Dunn of Florida today at a hearing of the panel.

Brownley said the VA should be shifting money out of institutional care to make veterans and their families happier.

The strategic plan including a bolstering of home-based services to vets is slated to come as the Trump Administration is seeking $1.2 billion for the VA’s comprehensive caregiver support program for the next federal fiscal year, an overall increase of $485 million from the current one.

Family members who are caring for vets now can receive financial and personal health care assistance with the Program of General Caregiver Support Services (eligible Veterans all eras) and the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (eligible post-9/11 Veterans). To learn more about it click on

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“(The) Comprehensive Caregiver Support Program has gone a long way toward addressing the problems of caregivers of post-9/11 veterans,” Disabled American Veterans Deputy National Legislative Director Adrian Atizado told the panel.

He said legislation is needed to help the ability of family caregivers to get the assistance.

The need for increased home care for elderly veterans is expected to surge as their numbers rise and the availability of relatives to help them declines.

The average number of potential family caregivers per older adult in America is expected to drop from seven to four by 2030 but at the same time, as veterans age, 80 percent will need long term services Veterans Health Administration clinical operations executive Teresa Boyd said

Elderly veterans are particularly vulnerable to the shortage of home-based care since many are divorced, childless, estranged from their families, or live long distances from family members, and commit suicide more often than seniors who aren’t veterans, she noted.

She pointed out the number of veterans over 75 enrolled in the Veterans Administration’s health care programs is expected to climb by nearly half from 2 million in 2018 to 2.9 million in 2028.

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