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  • Survey: Veteran caregivers feel isolated, need more support

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    WASHINGTON — Most caregivers of injured veterans feel isolated from friends, unsupported by the government and less healthy because of the demands of their responsibilities, according to a new survey released by Disabled American Veterans on Monday. 

    But the vast majority are also overwhelmingly proud of the service they provide to their loved ones. 

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  • VA Halts Change to Caregiver Stipends, Pending a Full Program Review

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    WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials on Monday announced they will not kick any more individuals out of the department’s caregiver support program while a full review of the benefit is conducted over the next three weeks. 

    The move comes two weeks after an NPR report that dozens of regional medical centers were cutting back on the number of families receiving caregiver benefits, possibly against VA rules. 

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  • Some VAs Are Dropping Veteran Caregivers From Their Rolls

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    By the time they cut her from the program, Alishia Graham was angry, but not surprised. Her postman delivered the news in February.

    "The letter was sitting at the top — and my stomach dropped because I knew what it was," she says.

    The letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs informed Graham that her husband Jim, who sustained a brain injury on his third deployment to Iraq, no longer qualified for a caregiver to help with his daily life.

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  • How can the White House better focus on veterans needs?

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    More than 21 million of our fellow citizens now carry the title of “veteran.” Since 2001, almost 3 million of those veterans have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, and more than a million have deployed more than once.

    Most of them will transition smoothly into civilian life. Yet too many veterans and military families face challenges finding meaningful employment, earning a college degree, securing housing, and receiving treatment for physical and mental health problems.

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  • Combat veterans with genital injuries find little help overcoming intimacy, pregnancy challenges

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    Five months after his 32nd birthday, Aaron Causey stepped on a bomb. The newlywed from Alabama was on his second overseas Army deployment, working as an explosives technician in Afghanistan. That morning in 2011, Aaron was on the hunt, peering inside tunnels for improvised explosive devices.

    Before he saw the small bundle of plastic and copper wires, he had stepped on it. The blast ripped off his legs and traveled through his groin. One testicle was destroyed, only two-thirds of the other remained.

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  • For those with the often solitary task of caring for disabled vets, help is on the way

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    Spouses, parents, family and friends who care for disabled troops or veterans soon will have a new resource to lean on for support, inspiration and confidence when they need it. 

    The Military and Veteran Caregiver Network is training experienced caregivers to serve as mentors for those new to the role or who think they could benefit from a relationship with a seasoned caregiver. 

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  • Senators push to advance sweeping veterans bill before July 4

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    As House Democrats staged a sit-in Wednesday to force their chamber’s leaders to move on gun control legislation, on the Senate floor there was an attempt to jump-start sweeping veterans legislation that has stalled.

    Multiple members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee spent nearly an hour in the late afternoon arguing the full chamber needs to quickly vote on the pending Veterans First Act, a massive veterans omnibus authored by committee chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

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  • VA Offers Special Pension Benefit To Disabled Vets And Spouses

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    The VA’s “Aid & Attendance” pension benefit offsets financial burdens felt by disabled veterans or surviving spouses.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a relatively unknown pension benefit called “Aid & Attendance” that helps offset the cost of living for disabled veterans who can’t work, or surviving spouses who require long-term care.

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  • The VA Program For Veteran Caregivers You May Not Know About

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    VA caregiver benefits provide financial, medical, and peer help for family members that support veterans.

    Roughly 5.5 million people serve as caregivers for veteran family members. The Department of Veterans Affairs has a lesser known benefit for these family members. Known as Caregiver Support Services, these benefits aim to help family members who are tasked with the primary care of a disabled veteran.

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  • Summit highlights difficulties of veterans’ caregivers

    Type of content: News

    WASHINGTON — Torrey Shannon has to drive more than 30 minutes just to get milk and all medical appointments need to be house calls to her remote home more than 9,000 feet up in the Colorado Rockies. She’s rarely able to stray far from her house.

    Shannon provides round-the-clock care for her husband, retired Staff Sgt. Dan Shannon, who survived a gunshot wound to the head in Iraq. He needs to live in a remote area because severe post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injury has left him overwhelmed by cities.

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