West Virginia Attorney Says New Veterans’ Program for Family Caregivers Fills Major Need

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Disabled Veterans and the family members who care for them will get much-needed assistance through the enhanced VA benefits program, according to Parkersburg Veterans’ benefits lawyer Jan Dils.

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The bottom line is that nobody wants to see disabled Veterans and their caregivers denied access to a program that will provide compensation and support to deal with the challenges they face.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, family members who provide care for Veterans who were severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan can now apply for caregiver benefits through a new program it has launched in partnership with the Easter Seals.

It’s a key move that will improve support for the thousands of family caregivers who have made significant sacrifices to care for their loved ones, West Virginia Veterans’ benefits attorney Jan Dils said today.

“Disabled Veterans face an incredible amount of challenges when they return home from war,” said Dils, whose law firm handles Veterans’ disability claims from its offices in West Virginia and North Carolina.

“First, they are coping with the quality-of-life changes an illness or injury has caused,” the West Virginia Veterans’ claims lawyer said. “Then they have to address the other burdens that arise, such as the financial losses they might incur when a family caregiver must quit his or her job to provide 24-hour care.”

Successful applicants for the VA program will be eligible for services that include a monthly stipend, comprehensive training, mental health services and health insurance, according to a VA press release.

The program is only open to post-9/11 Veterans and was authorized by the Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. However, family caregivers of disabled Veterans from other eras may become eligible in the future after Congress reviews its progress in two years.

Under the current program, the VA will be able to serve 3,500 families, an Associated Press article says.

“If the program does expand, it will provide significant help for family caregivers and injured Veterans who having been living for years with problems like post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, fibromyalgia and the complications of toxic exposure,” said Dils, whose firm includes a staff of more than 75 lawyers, claims representatives, clerks and support staff.

Dils encourages family caregivers and disabled Veterans to apply for the VA’s benefits program as soon as possible.

However, compiling the necessary paperwork for veterans’ disability claims can be time-consuming and confusing. Attorneys who are experienced with veterans’ claims can help smooth the application process or appeal the decision if the claim is denied, Dils said.

“The bottom line is that nobody wants to see disabled Veterans and their caregivers denied access to a program that will provide compensation and support to deal with the challenges they face,” the West Virginia lawyer explained. “It’s important for those deserving families to understand that there are legal remedies available to help them if problems arise.”    

About Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, L.C.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, L.C., focuses exclusively on helping individuals with disabilities get the financial help they deserve from the government by seeking benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Social Security Administration. The firm features West Virginia offices in Charleston, Parkersburg, Huntington, Logan and Beckley and one office in Charlotte, North Carolina. To learn more about Veterans’ benefits and Social Security disability benefits, contact the firm by calling (877) 838-3726 or using its online form.

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