Charleston, SC (AP) - A report from the Veterans Affairs Inspector General's Office recommends improvements to the support program for family members and others who care for veterans treated at the Ralph Johnson Medical Center in Charleston.
The program provides medical, training, travel and financial benefits to caregivers for veterans and active duty service members.
The report finds that half the applications to participate in the program in Charleston were not processed in the required 45 days. It also found the center staff did not conduct 90-day and annual follow-up visits as required by law.
The report makes a number of recommendations, including that applications be handled in a timely manner.
Center Director Scott Isaacks agrees with the recommendations and said they should all be implemented by December.