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Caregiving Chronicles will present news and analysis on caregiving topics in MetroWest and around the world, in-depth Q&As with experts in fields related to caregiving and updates and announcements about caregiving resources available in MetroWest from CaregivingMetroWest.org Program Director Douglas Flynn.

In honor of Veterans Day, here's some information and resources for veterans and their caregivers
By Douglas Flynn / November 9, 2016
With the election behind us, the focus can shift to another solemn day in November as we’ll honor the service and sacrifice of our military on Veterans Day this Friday.

Many of the millions of family caregivers in the nation are caring for a loved one who served, and Friday’s approaching holiday is a good time to highlight some of the resources available to veterans and their caregivers.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is the administrative organization that provides benefits and services to service members, veterans and their families in recognition of their service to the nation.

Depending upon eligibility, those benefits and services can include medical care, long-term care, geriatric care, disability pensions, life insurance, home loans, employment assistance, education and training.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a Family Caregivers Program to provide support and assistance to caregivers of veterans.

You can check out our page dedicated to information about the VA and its caregivers services, or go directly to the VA website’s caregiver support page. The VA also has a caregiver eligibility check to see what benefits you and your loved one may qualify for, information about medical care through the Veterans Health Administration, locations of VA facilities in Massachusetts and a summary of VA benefits.

Another handy resource for caregivers of veterans in the Bay State is the Mass Vets Advisor, which features a wealth of information for veterans, their families and caregivers.

Lastly, each town and city is served by a Veterans Agent, who is available to assist local veterans of all branches of the U.S. military in obtaining services for financial, medical, counseling and employment aid and to help them navigate state and federal programs and benefits available to them. The name and contact information for the Veterans Agent for each of the communities we cover in MetroWest is available on our town resources pages accessible through our clickable map.

Caregiving MetroWest salutes all who have served our nation throughout its history and all who are caring for those veterans.

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