Program To Help Caretakers of Wounded Veterans Not Working, Schumer SaysPosted: Updated:
Taking care of a loved one can be an easy decision to make, but it's not necessarily the easiest to do.
The Veterans Affairs Caregiver Program tries to ease that burden, by providing a monthly stipend to family members or loved ones of veterans injured in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.
"Because of the Caregivers Act, they can provide high quality services to our veterans when they need the help," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D- NY.
However, Schumer said the program isn't working as it should and the VA isn't giving answers.
He talked about it last week when he stopped in Syracuse.
"It is a problem around the entire country. People get cut off without warning and no explanation why," Schumer said. "The it's difficult to get back in. People who qualified for the first time are not getting in."
The senator is now calling for change, especially since this October, the program will be expanded to include veterans of the Vietnam and Korean wars. Schumer wants the VA to come out with exactly how many caregivers were dropped from the program nationwide.
"How many of those have been paid retroactively after they were cut off with no explanation and what's it's plan to reimburse the rest of the caregivers?" Schumer said.
Senator Schumer also wants to know more about how the VA determines eligibility.