As we move closer to the expansion of VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) expected to take place on or near October 1, we wanted to provide you the most recent update.
VA informed us this week that the final caregiver IT capabilities required for certification were successfully deployed on September 25 and that a final round of testing is underway. On October 1, VA will conduct a thorough evaluation of its IT operations and make a determination as to whether the IT system is fully functional and ready to be certified.
If the VA Secretary does certify the system, external stakeholders like DAV will be notified, and expansion of the PCAFC to the first phase of newly eligible veterans (pre-1975) will begin immediately.
As we have noted in the past, applications under the expanded criteria will not be accepted until the new IT system has been certified. VA advises veterans not to submit or file a new application until the announcement that the expansion has officially begun; new applications filed prior to that announcement may be rejected.
DAV will send an alert as soon as we receive notification from VA that the IT system has been certified, and that the application process for newly eligible veterans is officially open. You can also find VA’s latest announcements about the program and the expansion to pre-9/11 veterans, as well as eligibility criteria here.
DAV and the DAV Auxiliary