The spouses of veterans can receive VA benefits. A care manager should check whether they are providing care as part of a support system for a veteran or if they themselves are your clients.
. If they are a caregiver of a veteran you should do a caregiver assessment. Then create a careplan outlining caregiver supports through local veterans’ organizations or area agencies on aging or caregiver support agencies like Family Caregiver Alliance https://caregiver.org/support-groups
. Some local organizations may have support, training, or other programming available specifically tailored to caregivers of veterans . If not, general caregiving programs available in the community are a great place to start.
Also, spouses of veterans may be eligible for support and benefits through the VA system depending on a variety of factors associated with the military service status of the spouse who served in the military. General spousal benefits, regardless of caregiver status, include burial benefits, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA), educational assistance, and survivor’s pension for low-income surviving spouse and children (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2012.