Jump to content
  • Latest Donations

  • Advertisemnt

  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims


    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
    Continue Reading
  • Ads

  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   


  • Advertisemnt

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

Sponsored Ads

  • Searches Community Forums, Blog and more

  • Donation Box

    Please donate to support the community.
    We appreciate all donations!
  • Available Subscriptions


Question about Caregiver Program

Recommended Posts

I wanted to inquire about the process for my wife becoming a caregiver.  She had her phone interview today that lasted about an hour, and I guess we will be waiting for a response via mail on the determination if we qualified or not.  I was wanted to know is this a normal thing for the guys that have already been down this road.  To my understanding I thought she would be told today if she was accepted or not, but I guess it doesn't work the way I thought.  Thanks in advance for your help.


Semper Fi

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


A big factor in whether she gets SMC T is whether you can hold down even temporary work. If you can, there will be no SMC T. VA has rationalized this such that if you are capable of going out and dealing with society- even if it's volunteering for 3 hours a day as a library assistant- then you are not in need of this SMC. What few understand is that there is another component of this (SMC t) that is manifested as Kumbaya meetings  with other Vets to "deal with this".  VA calls it the "Group Hugs" program.

  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the reply asknod, Ive been unable to work since 2014 and I don't see myself going back anytime soon.  I just didn't understand why at the end of an hour long interview why they didn't state if I was approved or not. I guess its another hurry and wait game. 


Asknod do you have a caregiver assigned to you, if yes what happened after the first phone interview? Thanks in advance for your help

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

The program has limited objectives. It is a transitional one and not for the long term like R1 or R2. The idea is to slowly ease the Vet back into society in gradual phases. At some time in the future, if the Vet finds himself able to partake in an occupation or volunteer for work in the community, the VA will promptly cease the caregiver stipend. The rationale being that if you can work or function among others again, there is no need for your spouse to stay home and babysit you or protect you from yourself. Sadly, too many Vets become dependent on this new financial windfall and encounter grief when it is terminated-which it will be someday.

No, I do not have a caregiver,sir. I fought in the Vietnam Boundary dispute in 70-72. SMC T is only available to those who served after 9/11/2001 which is a dichotomy. VA feels some Veterans who served more recently are "more equal" than other Vets from prior skirmishes. Congress wrote the law at the urging of the Wounded Warriors Project in 2010.  

When VA agrees to investigate you for an entitlement, they do so carefully and meticulously. They do not listen and promptly push print. They hesitate to grant because once they do, it becomes a legal "finding" and cannot easily be undone. VA will check out your earnings (if any) via a Social Security query. If they find none and the spouse passes the rest of the metrics, you'll be approved for a minimum of 18-24 months before a new assessment is scheduled. The reason I'm familiar with this is that I took a class on it last year as part of my CLE (Continuing Legal Education) requirements.

Cupcake says the only thing I need a caregiver for is someone to mind my mouth. It gets me in trouble when talking about large Veterans charities. Best of luck to you on receipt of the T.

  • Like 4

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks again for the response asknod, I really appreciate sharing your knowledge.  I find it hard to believe only post 9/11 service members are able to apply for this benefit, I would've like to be a fly on the wall when they passed this legislation.  As stated earlier Im now in the hurry and wait mode..


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Ads

  • Ad

  • Our picks

    • SHOW YOUR SUPPORT: Ad Free Subscriptions to the Forum available
      Ad free subscriptions are available for the forum. Subscriptions give you the forums ad free and help support the forum and site. Monthly $5 Annually $50 https://community.hadit.com/subscriptions/

      Every bit helps - Thank you.

      • 0 replies
    • Choosing a VA Disability Attorney Means Learning What Questions to Ask
      Choosing a VA Disability Attorney Means Learning What Questions to Ask. Chris Attig - Veterans Law Blog 

      <br style="color:#000000; text-align:start">How to Hire an Attorney For Your VA Claim or Appeal Free Guidebook available on the Veterans Law Blog

      I got an email the other day from a Veteran.  It had 2 or 3 sentences about his claim, and then closed at the end: “Please call me. So-and-so told me you were the best and I want your help.”

      While I appreciate the compliments, I shudder a little at emails like this.  For 2 reasons.

      First, I get a lot of emails like this.  And while I diligently represent my clients – I often tell them we will pursue their claim until we have no more appeals or until we win – I am most assuredly not the best.

      There are a LOT of damn good VA Disability attorneys out there.  (Most, if not all, of the best are members of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates…read about one of them, here)

      Second, I don’t want Veterans to choose their attorney based on who their friend thought was the best.  I want Veterans to choose the VA Disability attorney who is BEST for their case.

      In some situations, that may be the Attig Law Firm.

      But it may also be be Hill and Ponton, or Chisholm-Kilpatrick, or Bergman Moore.  Or any one of the dozens of other attorneys who have made the representation of Veterans their professional life’s work.

      There are hundreds of attorneys that are out there representing Veterans, and I’m here to tell you that who is best for your friend’s case may not be the best for your case.

      How do you Find the Best VA Disability Attorney for your Claim?

      First, you have to answer the question: do you NEED an attorney?

      Some of you don’t...
      • 1 reply
    • VA Emergency Medical Care
      VA Emergency Medical Care
      • 3 replies
    • Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act
      Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act
      • 0 replies
    • Thanks Berta for your help. I did receive my 100% today for my IU claim on 6/20/2018. It only took 64 days to complete and it is p&t. Thanks for your words of wisdom. 

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines