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VA caregiver program needs total overhaul as problems mount, advocates say

Leo Shane III

Mar 23, 2022

Veterans Affairs’ caregiver support programs need a significant overhaul to correct deep-seated flaws within current operations, veterans advocates told lawmakers Wednesday.

A day after department leaders promised to halt all program dismissals amid criticism of new eligibility rules, a coalition of caregiver groups testified before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee that they are optimistic that real changes are on the way, but emphasized it will require more than just new rules and regulations.

“Unless VA prioritizes getting veterans and caregivers into the program and not out of it, the problems will persist,” said Jim Marszalek, national service director for Disabled American Veterans.

“VA must replace the current eligibility regulations and create new standards that are clear, consistent and equitable. And VA must provide detailed explanations on how standards will be measured and applied in each decision notification that is sent to veterans and caregivers.”


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