Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017 (HR 1427 / S 591, 115th Congress)

The Policy

What it does

Expands eligibility for the program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, expands benefits available to participants under such program, and enhances special compensation for members of the uniformed services who require assistance in everyday life.

Synopsis

HR 1472 and the textually equivalent S 591, the Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017, would expand the eligibility for the Department of Veterans Affairs's family caregiver program to include families of veterans who were seriously injured or became ill prior to September 11, 2001. Per the bill, a "serious injury or illness" includes "traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma, or other mental disorder[s]". 

The bill would also establish a special monthly compensation for veterans who suffered or incurred a serious injury or illness (as defined above) while on the line of duty, and who need "personal care services" as a result of those injuries or illnesses. A similar special monthly compensation will also exist for family caregivers of veterans with serious injuries or illnesses.