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Can I apply for A&A, while currently on Post 911 Caregiver program at the Highest Tier? My VA MH Doc filled out my DBQ for increase on PTSD I should have done this 2 years ago, but I absolutely hate the PTSD C&P Exams. If I apply for A&A, or SMC which should I apply for? Thanks in advance

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I thought aid and attendance was any other SMC not considered the housebound at the S rate. But I have just applied for both at the same time two days ago so I am already getting SMC S. So I guess you may know before me?

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Thanks for the response bud, but i got my answer since then.  Hope you have a good Christmas, God Bless!!!

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May I ask what you found out, is it one or the other?

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Ask for "the maximum SMC" you are eligible for.  While VA is always supposed to assume the Vet is "seeking the max benefit", dont leave it up to chance.  

This said, the VA is always supposed to infer SMC WHEN you become eligible.  That is, you should not have to apply for SMC, the effective date of SMC is not when you apply, but when the evidence shows you became eligible.  

Also, tho others may chime in, the "caregiver act" is to compensate "the caregiver".  A and A

is compensation which is paid "to the Veteran" needing A and A.  

I think the critieria for A and A may be a bit different than the criteria under the "caregiver act".  For example, any Veteran of any war is eligible for A and A, but the Caregiver Act is currently ONLY for recent Vets (not Vietnam Era Vets).  Recently, however, the Caregiver act is being "broadened" to include VN era Vets, but its being "phased in".  According to the caregiver act website, Im "not eligible" for the caregiver act because Im not a "recent" Vet

(Iraq, OIF, Afghanastan, etc).  

I think its possible to apply for and get both "caregiver act" and Aid and Attendance provided that you meet the criteria for BOTH.  

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On 12/15/2018 at 4:22 PM, broncovet said:

Ask for "the maximum SMC" you are eligible for.  While VA is always supposed to assume the Vet is "seeking the max benefit", dont leave it up to chance.  

This said, the VA is always supposed to infer SMC WHEN you become eligible.  That is, you should not have to apply for SMC, the effective date of SMC is not when you apply, but when the evidence shows you became eligible.  

Also, tho others may chime in, the "caregiver act" is to compensate "the caregiver".  A and A

is compensation which is paid "to the Veteran" needing A and A.  

I think the critieria for A and A may be a bit different than the criteria under the "caregiver act".  For example, any Veteran of any war is eligible for A and A, but the Caregiver Act is currently ONLY for recent Vets (not Vietnam Era Vets).  Recently, however, the Caregiver act is being "broadened" to include VN era Vets, but its being "phased in".  According to the caregiver act website, Im "not eligible" for the caregiver act because Im not a "recent" Vet

(Iraq, OIF, Afghanastan, etc).  

I think its possible to apply for and get both "caregiver act" and Aid and Attendance provided that you meet the criteria for BOTH.  

Thanks for responding the application my doctor filled out doesn’t ask or suggest what level of SMC I’m asking for so how do I request the highest level of SMC do I need to ask in a Statement of support for my claim? I’m assuming that’s my only option at this point.i can upload it today with my wife into ebenefits if so.

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