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  1. Hello, My spouse applied for the Care Giver Program two weeks ago. She got a letter today saying it was denied as I do not actively use VA Healthcare. Is there any work around to this? I dont mind doing the once per year check in, but I refuse to use the VA for medical treatment as I am here in Arizona. Phoenix is worse than most prisoner health care programs.
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  3. I apologize. What I mean is, will they send me this letter (like I am attaching) if I was moved into the VA Independent Living Program? I wasnt denied anything but the employment tracks, I am still in the vocational program. Note: The attached image is from another hadit user from a 2018 post.
  4. Wow, that is not acceptable. I am sorry to hear that.
  5. Do they still need to write that letter if you are moved into Independent Living?
  6. Any updates on what the VA provided you? I just had my virtual contractor evaluation, he is working on helping with shower/restroom grab bars, a bidet, and an appropriate office chair. He did offer some gel mats but I declined them as I have fallen enough times that I just prefer to have nothing on the floor. He asked about the bed and in an encouraging tone said "let me work on this", I didnt ask for anything he just wanted me to describe my sleeping arrangement. A split king mattress would be really nice. I havent had any conversations around 'goals' or goal projects, but I dont really even know what I can do.
  7. I have been communicating with the Vocational Specialist that Bronco Vet recommended as my brother offered to pay the bill. I applied for Arizona's State VR two months ago (they helped work with my school in 2012 for extending college homework due dates). They denied me last week stating I was not medically cleared for employment. I did apply for the Veteran VRE program a month ago, my appointments were scheduled really fast. The first VA counselor said I needed Social Security flat out. He mentioned that I was not able to use any of his programs but he was sending me to Independent Living. He also said he would be writing a letter saying something about not feasible and that it would really help for SSDI. This was on June 3, I have not gotten any letter from him and when I emailed him on Friday he just referred me to my new counselor. Im guessing the letter he mentioned was some kind of denial, but because I am actually in a different program for VR maybe I wont get a denial letter?
  8. Thank you very much, I think we are going to move forward with the Care Giver program. Ill also apply for AA.
  9. Do you use the program? I havent been able to find any one actually sharing what the program is like. I dont really trust the VA, esp the Arizona hospitals, and I stay away from them. Now I use doctors under my spouses insurance for surgeries and care and just accept the costs. If the home visits are actually based around care and not trying to find a way to pull me out of the program unjustly, then I may consider it - but I dont know how I will overcome the physical presence of people in my only safe space.
  10. I saw a few posts where VA social workers come to the home every 3 months, is that wrong? Or is it less often at least? Thats what I mean by strangers.
  11. Hello all, I did several searches, I am sorry if this is a duplicate question or posted in the wrong spot. Long story short, I went to the VA Vocational Rehab and was told that I was too disabled to work. I thought that was the end of it, but he referred me to Independent Living. My spouse spends a bunch of time taking care of me and we just accepted it is what it is. But they are encouraging us to apply for the Care Giver Program and everything. The issue is what I found on these forums, there is no way I can have someone come to my house. I have severe PTSD and OCD (Intrusive/Violent Thoughts) on top of the physical stuff. My own family doesnt know my address nor is anyone allowed on my property. My wife was a nurse in the past and getting certified isnt an issue, I just can not handle strangers. I know the VA is a little slow adapting to mental health, but I am between a rock and a hard place. Is A/A only extended while I am in the VA's caregiver program?
  12. Thank you broncovet, I sent you a Private Message. I would like to talk to Clifford Parker for the same service.
  13. Hello, I apologize if this is a repeat topic, but I am not sure of the correct terminology of what I am looking for. I had seen posts in the past where Veterans submitted their medical records to a medical center and then doctors wrote a letter to support specific claims. Does anyone know what this is called? Or, better yet, does anyone have any specific recommendations? I know they are not cheap, but I will figure out how to make it work.
  14. Thank you for the reply, I will obtain a lawyer.
  15. Hello, Since 2011, I have done my best to chug along while dealing with the bumps and bruises of war. The VA rated me as P&T in 2018, at 100%; which I am so grateful for but I am now needing to lean in for SSDI. I was rated for a cervical neck fusion, which only partially repaired a nerve problem and I have chronic migraines, and lose feelings in my hands. I also have PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, and Panic Disorder. I have needed to work from home, as an ADA accommodation, since 2015. As of 2017, this has become even more of a challenge and I have been on medical leave after medical leave most lasting over six months. In 2018, I attempted to use the VR&E program but was denied as my disabilities were too severe and they said no job they could offer would have the same amount of accommodations as I was getting/needing. I applied for Social Security in January of this year, as I have been on a medical leave as of 8/2019, but was denied. I got the letter from Social Security which acknowledged my disabilities but said I could find work somewhere. I know I dont qualify under the Unemployable clause, but was not sure where to go. I checked eBenefits and it looks like my VSO dropped me as I havent been in contact for over a year? I also dont mind if I need to sign a form with the VA stating I am not able to work or earn an income; if that matters.
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