Leave + Benefits

Will I have job protected leave ?

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Working caregivers may have questions about whether they can take leave to care for a wounded, ill, or injured service member or veteran. Check with your human resource manager for your company’s specific information.

Caregivers who work for large employers (with more than 50 employees) and who meet all other eligibility requirements may be eligible to take job protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the military expansions,

  • FMLA provides 26-weeks of leave for family members or next of kin to care for a wounded service member in one 12-month period.
  • Additionally, FMLA leave is available to care for a wounded service member, including a veteran, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy for a serious injury or illness and who was a member of the Armed Forces at any time during the five years prior to receiving treatment.

Depending on your service member or veteran’s wound, injury, or illness, you may be eligible for specific caregiver benefits from the Department of Defense (DoD) or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).

DoD Caregiver Benefit

The Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) is a DoD program, providing a special monthly stipend to service members who have a permanent catastrophic injury or illness and who require assistance with activities of daily living, or who are at a high risk for personal safety and cannot live independently without caregiver support. SCAADL provides financial assistance for the non-medical care, support, and assistance by a primary caregiver for the service member. Be sure to talk to your primary care manager or care coordinators about your eligibility for caregiver compensation.

VA Caregiver Benefit

The Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers is available to seriously injured post/9-11 veterans. The law provides for a variety of benefits (including a monthly stipend and access to health care insurance) and access to services and programs to assist caregivers in providing care to their wounded veteran. Caregiver benefits are determined by the eligibility of the veteran and caregiver. To learn more about the program, determine eligibility, or apply, visit the VA’s Caregiver Support website or call the VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 1.855.260.3274.

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