Rand has only identified three programs that offset income loss - one through the Veterans Administration, one through the Department of Defense, one from a non-profit organization.
Missed work for post-9/11 caregivers annually costs $5.9 billion.
28 percent of post-9/11 caregivers quit their jobs altogether.
16 percent of post-9/11 caregivers moved to a job that was better at accommodating for their schedule but paid less.
39 percent cut back on hours.
48 percent took unpaid time off from work.
On average, they're missing 4 days a month.
On the need to expand health coverage, including mental health coverage, for post-9/11 caregivers:
28 percent of post-9/11 caregivers have no usual source of health care.
31 percent of post-9/11 caregivers have received care from a mental health professional in the past year.
84 percent found that counselling somewhat or very helpful.
Roughly two-thirds of caregivers with probable depression have not received care from a mental health professional in the past year.
38 percent of post-9/11 caregivers met the criteria for a probable major depressive disorder.
Post-9/11 military caregivers had roughly five times the odds of meeting the criteria for probable depression and scored an average of 19 points higher on anxiety symptoms than non-caregivers.
On the need for expanded respite care for caregivers:
Rand identified only nine organizations that provide respite care, including public and private organizations.
The Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006 authorizes Congress to spend approximately $288 million between fiscal years 2007 and 2011 to help family caregivers access affordable and high-quality respite care. Since 2009, only $2.5 million has been allocated annually to the program.
The number of hours people spend per week giving care correlates with increased risk of in depression.
12 percent of post-9/11 caregivers spend 40 hours per week or more providing care.
5 percent of post-9/11 caregivers spend 80 hours a week or more.
20 percent of post-9/11 caregivers say they have used respite care.