Respite relief for Military and Veteran’s Caregivers program now available nationwide

Qualified caregivers anywhere in the US can access 24-hours of no-cost, in house respite relief care


The Elizabeth Dole Foundation (EDF), in partnership with VA, has announced the expansion of the Respite Relief for Military and Veterans Caregivers program.

First launched in August, this program grants Veteran Family caregivers access to no-cost, short-term aid to help those caring for wounded, ill, or injured Veterans or service members in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Following a successful launch in select regions of California, Florida and Texas, the program is now available to Caregivers nationwide.

Under the Respite Relief for Military and Veteran Caregivers program, caregivers of Veterans can apply to receive approximately 24-hours of respite care from a CareLinx professional to help with companionship, cooking, exercising, grooming, light housekeeping, medical and medication reminders, mobility assistance, transportation and other activities. These services come at no cost to Veterans or their caregivers.

Since August, over 3,132 hours of respite care have been delivered to Veteran and military caregivers, granting them the important opportunity to take a break from their work and have time for themselves.

“We’re excited to support the Elizabeth Dole Foundation in the expansion of this incredible respite relief program for family caregivers of Veterans nationwide. Especially now, family caregivers need support, and this program is here to provide it,” said Suzanne Shirley, Director of Community Engagement for VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE).

VA’s efforts to support Veterans and their caregivers will not stop here, though. Through VHA IE, VA will use this program as a basis to launch a new partnership model for how public and private sectors can work together during times of crisis to support military and Veteran families.

With the program now available nationwide, qualified caregivers interested in applying to the Respite Relief for Military and Veteran Caregivers program can begin the process by applying here:


Matthew Razak

Matthew Razak supports VA as a contractor with Atlas Research, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm providing strategic advisory and applied research services to federal health and social service agencies. Matt has been working with VA for the past six years supporting social media and communication efforts.


  1. Jody Johnson    

    My husband is a veteran and has been battling brain tumors for almost 20 years. It seems to be coming to an end now. We are currently living in Dundee FL and do not have any family nearby. It would be wonderful to get a break periodically!

  2. David Flink    

    I was a primary caregiver for my Dad a 20 year Retired Vietnam veteran. Can I get repaid for his care. This was to late for me. I had to quit my job and take social security early. I lost 5 years of pay. Not FAIR.

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