VA understands the dedication and sacrifice of caregivers who look after our nation’s Veterans in need. The Caregiver Support Program (CSP) seeks to assist in managing Veterans’ care. Its mission is to promote the health and well-being of caregivers who care for those who served, focusing on improving the quality of life for caregivers.

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CSP team at each VA medical facility

To achieve this mission, VA hosts a trained and qualified local CSP team at each VA medical facility that delivers support and service referrals. Local teams share valuable resources to inform and support caregivers. This video has more details.

What is a Caregiver Support Program team?

CSP teams are comprised of Caregiver Support Coordinators, social workers, nurses, and other professionals who offer support by listening to your unique needs and matching you with services for which you are eligible. They provide you with valuable knowledge and resources within VA and the community to help you stay informed, supported and organized as you care for the Veteran you love and yourself.

How can a CSP team help you?

A local team can help you by offering individualized support and connecting you with people who can also help. The team coaches meet your Veteran’s changing needs to help you set personal goals. They deliver one-on-one assistance and create a tailored plan to improve caregivers’ attention towards themselves.

The team shares tools to help with coping, emotion management, stress reduction, building confidence and improving day-to-day activities. They can also connect you with support services, such as peer support mentoring, Building Better Caregivers, self-care courses, a community of Veteran caregivers, and more.

These and other CSP resources can help caregivers decrease feelings of isolation and increase a sense of community.

Connect with your local CSP team

  • Explore the Caregiver Support Program teams locator tool.
  • Call the Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274.

By Elsie Moore

Licensed independent clinical social worker and program manager for the Caregiver Support Program.

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Published on Sep. 3, 2022

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7 Comments

  1. Warren Scott Eliason September 7, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Why is there no support program for Veterans who are caregivers???

    • Bob Sandry September 8, 2022 at 10:23 am

      I totally agree. My wife and me are 90 and she has dimentia so bad and would like some help. Hard to try and keep her home with no help. I am a Korean vet.

  2. Walter Lawson September 7, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    My Filipino girlfriend takes care of me while I’m there. How can I bring her to the US to care for me?

  3. Abigail ClarkeCurry September 7, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Hi,
    I am a caregiver for my husband who is a gulf war veteran, battling several conditions, terminal cancer Is taking his life. He’s at home with me in hospice 24/7. Has the VA started accepting spouses for this era, with stipends? Financially?

  4. Paula Minger September 3, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Our San Diego VA Caregiver Program is really good. They stay out of the problems/politics of the caregiver program and focus on the needs of the Caregiver. They’ve been very helpful for us. It’s not easy taking care of physically ill/wounded Vet who then gets Alzheimer’s/dementia. We need support!

  5. Joseph Martin September 3, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Rise and Shine Veterans Caretakers should get a raise in paid and Disabled Veterans who is 100percent service connected needs a Dentist that knows how to put in G4implants for free so please can you email your Senators or Representative asked them to contact the the Veteran Affairs Committee passed a new Disabled Veterans who is 100percent service connected and you don’t have to be a Veteran to share my Health Care belief,

  6. Art Kennedy September 3, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    You know that these caregivers are true blessing to the vet. I never hear about
    vets who themselves are caregivers for their dependents. Not complaining for myself particularly but
    in my case I am legally blind and my wife is listed as severely demented. I am very fortunate in that my wife is compliant.
    Still there is a lot of work. I wouldn’t trade my life for some of the folks that are really suffering though.

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