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Welcome to this Caregivers Resource page that places information, services, programs, support and more at your fingertips. The Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) applauds you for your dedication in caring for a loved one who has served in the U.S. military.

The VA recognizes the importance in the role that caregivers provide. The VA has two programs for caregivers outlined below. Both programs fall under the umbrella of the VA’s Caregiver Support Program.

As a caregiver, you may be eligible for an array of benefits and services, from additional financial support to training, health care services, mental health counseling and more.

A NDVS Veterans Service Officer (VSO) can assist you in learning more about the benefits and resources available. Their service is free, and they will also help you file a claim to determine your eligibility. Find a VSO near you.

VA Caregiver Support Program

For a comprehensive list of caregiver support resources, visit VA Caregiver Support Services or call the VA Caregivers Support Line at 1-(855)-260-3274.

Are you in need of helpful ideas for coping and self-care? Listen to the VA Caregiver Support Line Telephone Education Group of the Month and access free handouts and resources.

The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (eligible post 9-11) focuses on the well-being of both the veteran needing assistance and his or her caregiver. The program provides education and training, respite care, mental health services, monthly stipend, travel payments, and more to approved family caregivers of qualified veterans with a serious injury that happened in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. But this requirement will change under the VA MISSION Act. Under this legislation, the program will be available to veterans, of all war eras, beginning in the summer of 2020.

The Program of General Caregiver Support Services (eligible veterans all eras) provides information/referral to in-home or support services, support groups, and other resources. It also provides education and training, peer support, mental health counseling and programs that focus on caregiver self-care.

The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 is available to seriously injured post 9/11 veterans and their caregivers providing a monthly stipend, travel expenses, mental health services and counseling, training and respite care.

The Department of Defense provides a comprehensive Caregiver Resource Directory.

Eligibility

Learn more about VA benefits, programs and resources available to caregivers.

This article from Military.com provides caregiver information in simple terms.

Financial Support

The benefits to eligible caregivers include a monthly stipend, travel reimbursement, aid & attendance and more. More caregiver information.

Aid & attendance is also available for veterans and survivors, who are eligible for a VA pension, and require the help and assistance of another person. This benefit also assists eligible homebound veterans and survivors through a monetary payment in addition to a VA pension.

This web page Getting Paid as a Caregiver by VA and the Veteran Aid Guide explain how to apply.

Health Care Services

Benefits for caregivers of a veteran include a wide array of health care services such as counseling, mental health counseling, assisted living, skilled nursing, hospice and adult medical day care.

Benefits also include home-based care.

More VA In-Home & Support Services.

Caregivers Self-Care and Support

One of the best things you can do for those who depend on you is take care of yourself. The VA offers several Care for Caregivers support services.

Training and Support

Online training and support for caregivers is available through Psycharmor.org/Caregivers.

VA monthly presentations as well as handouts are available ranging from dealing with burn out and guilt to building strong relationships and dealing with conflict.

Skilled Nursing Care

The Nevada Department of Veterans Services oversees two award-winning skilled nursing care facilities:

Additional Resources

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

VA Caregiver Support (855) 260-3274

The VA’s Caregiver Support line offers resources, including connecting with a Caregiver Support Coordinator.

VA Caregiver Support Coordinators – Nevada

  • VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
    Reno VA Medical Center
    975 Kirman Ave., Reno, NV 89502
    (775) 326-5775
  • VA Southern Nevada Health Care System
    6900 North Pecos Road. North Las Vegas, NV 89086
    (702) 791-9000 ext.13051

Programs for Military Caregivers

Nevada Programs

National Organizations

Join NDVS Network

Connect with Nevada’s veteran community by signing up for NV Vet Net on the NDVS website.