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Caregiver Support

Caregivers can expect to connect with other caregivers, learn skills enabling them to positively affect their environments, discover how to enjoy personal time without guilt, and learn about a multitude of resources. 

Activities include: Participating in a PEER Forum, Skill building and informational training (resiliency, personality inventory, financial wellness, PTSD/TBI, resources, benefits & entitlements, suicide prevention, etc.), and educational tours/activities.


A family member (e.g. spouse, mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt and uncle etc.) or acquaintance who provides non-professional assistance to a Recovering Service Member. Family member/friend determines if they want to be enrolled into the AFW2 Caregiver Support Program. A VA Caregiver does not have to be approved to receive Special Compensation For Assistance With Activities Of Daily Living (SCAADL) to be considered an AFW2 caregiver.   


The caregiver support program connects caregivers with each other, establishes networks, and provides coping tools that will help caregivers learn, grow, and develop in the most fulfilling way possible. Caregivers taking care of caregivers; sharing ideas, beliefs, and truly understanding what each other experiences daily is what makes this powerful network of giving and compassionate hearts successful. Caregivers intangible bond is what makes this program an invaluable resource that revitalizes each member and gives them the strength and encouragement to persevere against all odds and help their warriors adapt, overcome, and find their new normal.



The Air Force Wounded Warrior Caregiver Support Program works directly with the Recovery Care Team, Peer Support Coordinators, Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program, and Airman & Family Readiness Center staff to ensure support services are provided based on individual and family needs. 


Through a variety of venues, our caregivers learn skills to help positively affect their environments. Caregivers learn to enlist the help of other family members and friends, how to enjoy personal time away from a loved one without guilt and learn about the multitude of resources and assistance available.



Together we explore complexities of the caregiving role and other topics such as: positive coping skills, reducing anxiety, developing and maintaining a sense of self, and establishing acceptable boundaries. Through support and the sharing of hope, love, and encouragement, we come together as a family to promote healthy attitudes and embrace the emotional challenges that come with caregiving.



This is a benefit that compensates Airmen to help offset the economic burden borne by primary caregivers providing non-medical care, support, and assistance for the Airman. It may be paid in addition to any other pay and allowance to which the Airman is entitled and authorized. This program is voluntary and not retroactive.



An Airman must:

  • Be certified by a licensed Department of Defense or Veterans Administration (VA) physician to have a permanent catastrophic injury and need assistance from another person to perform the personal functions required in everyday living or require constant supervision. In the absence of such assistance the Airman would require hospitalization, nursing home care, or other residential institutional care

  • Be an outpatient and no longer determined to be an inpatient at a military treatment facility, VA medical center, civilian hospital, nursing home, or other residential institutional care. Although individuals may be temporarily placed in an inpatient status during the month for tests, examinations, or treatment, they remain eligible for the full monthly SCAADL payment provided they are in outpatient status most of the month (i.e., more than 15 days a month)

  • Have a designated primary caregiver who aids with at least one of the following Activities of Daily Living (ADL) due to the Airman's:

    • Inability to dress or undress him or herself

    • Inability to bathe or groom to keep themselves clean and presentable

    • Frequent need of adjustment of any special prosthetic or orthopedic appliances which, by reason of the particular disability, cannot be done without aid (this will not include the adjustment of appliances which most individuals would be unable to adjust without aid, such as supports, belts, lacing at the back, etc.)

    • Inability to toilet or attend to toileting without assistance

    • Inability to feed him or herself through loss of coordination of upper extremities or through extreme weakness or inability to swallow

    • Difficulty with mobility arising from incapacity, physical or mental, which necessitates care or assistance on a regular basis to protect the Service member from hazards or dangers incident to his or her daily environment

  • In addition to meeting at least one of the criteria from above, the Airman must:

    • Require continual medial management or be at elevated risk for personal injury or otherwise unable to live independently in the community without caregiver support

    • Without continuing personal care services at home, the Airman would require institutional care at a hospital, nursing home, or other residential facility

    • Not currently receiving, or authorized services by another entity such as TRICARE provided in-home care services or other government funded support specifically designed to provide primary caregiver services

Services for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans

Family Caregivers provide crucial support in care for Veterans. The VA recognizes that Family Caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and well-being of Veterans under VA care.

Under the "Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010," additional VA services are now available to seriously injured post-9/11 Veterans and their Family Caregivers through a new program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.



Veterans eligible for this program must:

  • Have sustained a serious injury--including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma, or other mental health disorder--incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, on or after Sept. 11, 2001

  • Need personal care services because of an inability to perform one or more activities of daily living and/or need supervision or protection based on symptoms or residuals of neurological impairment or injury

  • Enroll for VA health services


The law provides additional assistance to primary Family Caregivers of eligible post-9/11 Veterans and service members. Services for this group include:

  • Monthly stipend

  • Travel expenses (including lodging and per diem while accompanying Veterans undergoing care)

  • Access to health care insurance (if the Caregiver is not already entitled to care or services under a health care plan)

  • Mental health services and counseling

  • Comprehensive VA caregiver training provided by Easter Seals

  • Respite care (not less than 30 days per year)

If you think you fit the criteria for these services, please follow the link to answer some preliminary questions and download an application.


The application enables Veterans to designate one primary Family Caregiver and up to two secondary Family Caregivers, if desired. Caregiver Support Coordinators are available at every VA Medical Center to assist veterans and their Family Caregivers with the application process. To find your CSC, visit "Help Near Home." Additional application assistance is available at 1-877-222 VETS (8387). Read more about applying for service in the VA Fact Sheet.


Programs and Initiatives

Family Life

Warrior CARE Events

Mission: Deliver personalized support and services to caregivers as an integral part of their wounded, ill and injured Airman’s recovery and rehabilitation plan.

Vision: Improve caregiver and family quality of life by connecting them with resources, resiliency tools, and experienced specially trained caregiver.

Current Objective: Facilitate program growth/continue expansion to alleviate gaps.


PEER (Personalized, Experiences, Engagement, & Resources) Forum

"Me Time" activities

Caregiver Symposium

Caregiver Resiliency/Life Skills

Emotional Management and Humor

Marriage Enrichment

Spiritual Self-Care

Financial Counseling

Art and Music Therapy


During these forums, military caregivers will have the opportunity to connect with peers, share best practices, learn about additional resources for active duty, Guard, and Reserve families, and encourage others. The audio capabilities will be through a teleconference line; the phone number for participants to join will be provided to caregivers once R.S.V.P.s are received. 


To confirm attendance, we are asking Caregivers to R.S.V.P. via email: and provide us with their current location. Any participants that may be willing to aid with language translation services please include this information in your R.S.V.P.