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First off I'm 60% rated for PTSD. I'm a GM retiree. I'm losing my dental and vision coverage to start and who knows what next. So Im looking into what the VA may cover because of my disability rating. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Kirk

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kirkds,

Welcome to Hadit.

As far as Dental Benefits you must be 100 % SC'd or recieve IU.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS AVAILABLE FOR SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED VETERANS

EYEGLASSES AND HEARING AIDS:

VHA DIRECTIVE 2002-039

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The facility Director is responsible for

(1) Furnishing needed eyeglasses and hearing aids to the following veterans:

(a) Those with any compensable service-connected disability (Priority 1,2,3);

(b) Those who are former prisoners-of-war (POWs) (Priority3);

© Those in receipt of benefits under Title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) 1151 (Priority 3);

(d) Those in receipt of an increased pension based on being permanently housebound and in need of regular aid and attendance and (Priority 4); and

(e) Those in Priority 5 and 7 with the following conditions:

1. Those who have visual or hearing impairment resulting from the existence of another medical condition for which the veteran is receiving Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care, or which resulted from treatment of that medical condition.

2. Those with significant functional or cognitive impairment evidenced by deficiencies in the ability to perform activities of daily living, but not including routinely occurring visual (see subpar. 51 and subpar. 5m) or hearing impairments (see subpar. 5j).

3. Those who are so severely visually- or hearing-impaired that the provision of sensori-neural aids is necessary to permit active participation in their own medical treatment.

4. Those rated 0 percent for hearing loss, based on the criteria outlined in 38 CFR.17.149©.

(2) Replacing hearing aids and eyeglasses when the device becomes ineffective, irreparable or lost due to circumstances beyond the control of the beneficiary. Hearing aids and eyeglasses will not be replaced because of availability of newer technology, unless there is evidence that it will significantly benefit the veteran. NOTE: Hearing aids and eyeglasses should not be replaced solely for cosmetic purposes.

(a) For eyeglasses, replacement will be at any time due to required refractive change of prescription to improve one line of acuity.

(b) For hearing aids, replacement will be due to a change in hearing loss combined with the age of the hearing aid. NOTE: Generally, hearing aids are expected to have a lifespan of 4 years.

(3) Issuing spares, if necessary, but only as determined by the audiologist or eye care specialist. Spare hearing aids and eyeglasses will not be routinely issued. NOTE: Two pairs of single vision eyeglasses, one for reading and one for distance, will be provided in cases where bifocal lenses are contraindicated.

EVALUATION BENEFITS

0% To 20%

•Certification of Eligibility for home loan guaranty.

•Home loan guaranty fee exemption.

VA Priority medical treatment card.

•Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling under title

38 USC Chapter 31 (must be at least 10%)

•Service Disabled Veterans insurance (Maximum of $10,000 coverage) must file within 2 years from date of new

service connection.

10 point Civil Service Preference (10 points added to Civil Service test score).

Clothing allowances for veterans who use or wear a prosthetic or orthopedic appliance (artificial limb, braces, or wheelchair) or use prescribed medications for skin condition, which tend to wear, tear or soil clothing.

•Temporary total evaluation (100%) based on hospitalization for a service connected disability in excess of

21 days; or surgical treatment for a service connected disability necessitating at least 1 month of convalescence or immobilization by cast, without surgery of more major joints.

30% In addition to the above:

•Additional allowances for dependent(s) [spouse, child(ren), step child(ren), helpless child(ren), full-time students between the ages 18 to 23, and parent(s)]

•Additional allowances for a spouse who is a patient in a nursing home or helpless or blind or so nearly helpless or blind as to require the aid and attendance of another person.

40% In addition to the above:

•Automobile grant and/or special adaptive equipment for an automobile provided there is loss or permanent loss of use of one or both feet, loss or permanent loss of one or both hands or permanent impaired vision of both eyes with central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in better eye.

•Special adaptive equipment may also be applied for if there is ankylosis of one or both knees or one or both hips.

50% In addition to the above:

•VA Medical outpatient treatment for any condition except dental.

•Preventive health care services.

•Hospital care and medical services in non-VA facilities under an authorized fee basis agreement.

60% In addition to the above:

•Increased compensation (100%) based on individual Unemployability (applies to veterans who are unable to obtain or maintain substantially gainful employment due to service connected disability)

100% In addition to the above:

•Dental treatment.

•Department of Defense Commissary privileges.

•Veteran’s employment preference for spouse.

•Waiver of National Service Life Insurance premiums.

•National Service Life insurance total disability income provisions.

•Specially adapted housing for veterans who have loss or permanent loss of use of both lower extremities or the loss or blindness in both eyes having light perception only plus loss or permanent loss of one lower extremity or the loss or permanent loss of use of one lower extremity with loss or permanent loss of use of one upper extremity or the loss or permanent loss of use of one extremity together with an organic disease which affects the function of balance and propulsion as to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes or wheelchair.

•Special home adaptation Grant (for veterans who don’t qualify for Specially Adapted Housing) may be applied for if the veteran is permanently and totally disabled due to blindness in both eyes with visual acuity or 5/200 or less or loss of or permanent loss of use of both hands.

100% (Permanent and Total) in addition to the above:

•Civilian Health and Medical Program for dependents and survivors (ChampVA)

•Survivors and dependents education assistance

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Thank you. ;) The eyeglasses and hearing aid benefit is good as I have a 40% hearing loss and bifocals. Not sure what the outpatient services is about. Will have to keep researching and learning. Thanks again.

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My wife is Canadian and a conditional permanent resident. Next September she will be granted full permanent resident status having been here for 2 years. Will she then become elligible for spousal benefits or does she have to be a US citizen to get that? I'm sorry if I'm asking these questions in the wrong place as I couldn't figure out where I should be posting them.

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60 % is an odd rating for PTSD-

is part of it for something else?

Do you have any other disabilities that could possibly be due to your service?

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There is no 60% rating for PTSD. PTSD is only rated 10, 30, 50, 70 & 100%.

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First off I'm 60% rated for PTSD. I'm a GM retiree. I'm losing my dental and vision coverage to start and who knows what next. So Im looking into what the VA may cover because of my disability rating. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Kirk

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