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can I receive Financial Compensation while in a residential program in Bay Pines for Military Sexual Trauma (MST) - PTSD treatment


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Hello,

This is my first day being registered and posting. I would appreciate information on the following.

I have been accepted into a residential program in Bay Pines for Military Sexual Trauma (MST) - PTSD treatment. Question is, can I receive Financial Compensation (for having no income coming in for 4-8 weeks) while in the program? I am not SC yet although DAV has helped me submit a claim. I was told by the MH provider when the consult was submitted, there maybe a possibility that I can receive Financial Compensation (for having no income coming in for 4-8 weeks) while in the program. I have not been able to confirm this. I am wondering if you have any info on this.

Respectfully,

Cowboy1

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Welcome to Hadit!

I'm not an expert on your situation, but will try to help. Others who may be more familiar may also respond.

Are you service connected (i.e. SC) for PTSD/MST?

 

If you are not SC, ask them to help you file a claim. You may not get approved for a while, but if you are approved then the VA would pay retroactively.

 

If you are SC for it, you might qualify for a temporary increase in disability payments. Below is a link with more information about that program. It talks about being admitted to a "hospital" for more than 21 days. However, I am not certain if Bay Pines is considered a "hospital". The facility should have someone there that might be able to help figure it out. 

https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/special-claims/temporary-increase-for-time-in-hospital/

I looked up Bay Pines and it does appear to be a very large complex: https://www.baypines.va.gov/BAYPINES/documents/VeteransGuide.pdf
  Your treatment program might qualify. Please check with them to find out.

 

I hope this helps! Good luck!

 

 

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    There is no prohibition on receiving "compensation" while in a VA hospital.  However, if you get Aid and Attendance benfit, you can not also get that and treatement in a long term care facility (ie nursing home).  

     You should get it while being treated, but count on it being a long time for vA to approve this and pay you.  It takes the average VEteran about 5 years to get his compensation, because, about 80 percent of the time, one or more appeals is required.  In some rare cases you may get paid in a few months, but most Vets take years of appeals.   

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