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VA Caregiver Benefit Not for All

Chris O'Meara
Associated Press

Thanks to a federal program, Chris Ott of Tampa gets a stipend of about $2,000 per month to stay home and care for her son, a Marine veteran who was paralyzed and nearly blinded in the war in Iraq, the Associated Press reports. The rules of the program allow caregiver stipends only for injuries that occurred since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Department of Veterans Affairs says expanding the program to other veterans would be fair, but also extremely costly.