VA Standardizing Caregiver Plan Before Opening to Older Veterans

Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Shulkin told Congressional committees in recent weeks that 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 of severely injured veterans from earlier generations.First, however, the VA wants to standardize how the post-9/11 program is administered so it is more uniform and predictable.Veteran service organizations have been pressing for more detailed guidance on proper operation of caregiver benefits.

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