November is the special month that is set aside for giving thanks for all the blessings we have received. “What blessings?” you may ask. We live in the best nation in the world. Yes, we do. Our government may be “out of whack” right now, but it’s not something new. It has been “out of whack” before and will be again in the future. The public is not something you can play with for very long and not expect they will strike back with their votes and being able to speak out about their displeasure of the way our government is mishandling the problems that they have created. It will be fixed and made right. The voters won’t stand for anything less than our leaders doing a good job and doing it right. Fix what is broken… and right now it is as broken as it has ever been.

Now on the brighter side, the Veterans Administration (VA) has launched phase two of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. They recognize the critical role that family caregivers play in enabling Veterans to stay in their homes, surrounded by their loved ones. That is why the VA has expanded the PCAFC. Previously, it was only available to eligible Veterans who served on or after Sept. 11, 2001, but now it has become open to eligible Veterans of all eras, including those who served after May 7, 1975, and before Sept. 11, 2001. This expansion will enhance the well-being of thousands more Veterans by supporting the caregivers who care for them.

Primary family caregivers may receive:

  • A monthly stipend (paid directly to the caregiver)
  • Access to healthcare insurance through the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) (if otherwise not insured)
  • Mental health counseling
  • Certain beneficiary travel benefits when traveling with the Veteran to appointments
  • At least 30 days of respite care per year (Respite is short-term relief for someone else to care for the Veteran while the caregiver takes time away)
  • Secondary family caregivers may receive services such as mental health counseling and certain beneficiary travel benefits when traveling with the Veteran to appointments

There will be no CPN Veterans Organization meeting this month, but all CPN Veterans and their families are invited to the CPN Veterans Organization’s Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in the North Reunion Hall at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there). You don’t have to be a member of the organization to attend. We would be glad to have you.

(Thank you)!

Daryl Talbot, Commander