VA pays vets' family caregivers who complete training

Tuesday - 7/5/2011, 4:50pm EDT

By Federal News Radio staff

The Veterans Affairs Department is sending out $430,000 to nearly 200 family caregivers of veterans.

These caregivers were the first to complete training in the Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program. The first payments to 96 recipients were issued today, averaging $1,600 a month, according to a VA release.

"This is a long-awaited day for many family caregivers who diligently worked to achieve this landmark legislation to enhance services for family caregivers," said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki in the release. "I am proud VA can now offer direct support to the loved ones who give the veterans we serve a greater quality of life by allowing them to remain at home surrounded by family and friends."

The amount of the payments is based on the condition of the veteran and the amount of care they require as well as the location where the veteran lives.