Senators Peters (MI) and Blackburn (TN) have introduced S. 2216, the Transparency and Effective Accountability Measures for Veteran Caregivers Act or the TEAM Veteran Caregivers Act. If enacted, this bill would make needed improvements to the VA’s Comprehensive Caregiver Support Program.
The VA’s Office of the Inspector General report in 2018 and veterans and their family caregivers who have come to DAV for assistance reveal VA is not adequately recognizing that caregivers often provide complex medical and personal care tasks for severely injured veterans every day, and that VA does not adequately communicate why caregivers and veterans are discharged or downgraded from the caregiver support program.
The TEAM Veteran Caregivers Act would require VA to recognize and record all severely injured veterans family caregivers and require a minimum standard of information when decisions to disrupt or terminate caregiver supports are made. In addition, the bill would ensure family caregiver supports are extended for at least 90 days after being discharged from the program to ease their transition. America’s severely disabled veterans and their caregivers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. For these reasons, DAV strongly supports this bill, in accordance with DAV Resolution No. 018.
Please draft your own letter to ask your Senator to support the TEAM Veteran Caregivers Act.
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