Senate Veterans Affairs ranking member Jon Tester, D-Mont.., said the inspector general report highlights the fact that the VA needs to get its act together on the caregiver program. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Family caregivers seeking help from the Department of Veterans Affairs encountered extended wait times and spotty aid from the agency, according to a new report from the VA’s Office of Inspector General.
The OIG investigation found that 65 percent of the more than 1,800 applicants between January and September 2017 were forced to wait longer than the required 45-day timeframe to be approved for the program. Fifty-five percent of the applicants waited between three and six months for approval, while 14 percent waited even longer, according to thereport released Thursday.