Federal Initiatives

A Partnership to Serve Our Veterans

In 2008, the Administration on Aging, now part of ACL, began a collaboration with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), to provide an opportunity for States and local Aging & Disability network agencies to serve Veterans of all ages at risk of nursing home placement through the Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Service Program (VD-HCBS). VD-HCBS involves providing one-on-one options counseling to veterans and their families, through which the Veteran determines how to use their flexible HCBS service budgets to meet their long-term service and support needs, goals and preferences.

The VA’s mission is to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. Much like the general population, veterans prefer to receive their care and services in the least restrictive setting, desire to be engaged in family and community life and value an option to direct their care and services including hiring family, friends and neighbors to provide HCBS.

As of April 2012, over 1400 veterans have been served through VD-HCBS in 23 States and the District of Columbia. VD-HCBS programs are operated in partnership between 38 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs) and over 90 Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Centers for Independent Living (CILs). The VHA plans to build on the existing partnership with ACL and expand the number of Veterans receiving VD-HCBS over the coming years.

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Last Modified: 7/1/2015