New program pays families to care for wounded 9-11 vets

Starting Monday many seriously injured 9-11-era combat veterans can receive care at home and their family caregivers will be paid for providing their care.

Sallie Houser-Hanfelder, director of the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, said Thursday the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is implementing federal legislation authorizing payment to qualified family caregivers that was approved by Congress last year.

“We know that many veterans and their family caregivers have been waiting anxiously for the initiation of this program and we urge them to get their applications in as soon as possible,” Houser-Hanfelder said.

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