(BALTIMORE, Md) – The VA Maryland Health Care System needs volunteers for its Volunteer Home Respite Care Program. The program is designed to provide the veteran’s caregiver temporary relief from their care giving duties to reduce stress, restore energy, and promote a better life balance. Volunteers in the program will provide companionship and comfort to home-bound Veterans and will offer the care givers a much-needed break so that they can renew their energy and spirit.

As part of the Home Respite Care Program, volunteers will be matched with a veteran close to their own home, enjoy a flexible visitation schedule, and can develop long lasting friendships while gaining new skills. Volunteers in the program, who will receive specialized training, will also have the unique opportunity of making a real difference in the lives of the Veterans and their caregivers.

To participate as a volunteer in the Home Respite Care Program, or if you provide care for a veteran and need respite support, call David Sevinsky, Voluntary Service Specialist for the VA Maryland Health Care System, at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 3929.

For information about VA health care eligibility and enrollment or how to apply for a VA medical care hardship to avoid future copayments for VA health care, interested Veterans are urged to call the Enrollment Center for the VA Maryland Health Care System, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7324 or visit www.maryland.va.gov.