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Anybody filed for the new caregiver expansion for pre 911 vets to include vietnam era vets?


If you have filed for the new caregiver expansion under the Mission act, what is your progress? Availability to the older generation of vets became available October 1, 2020

I filed on or about October 1st. So far my caregiver wife, and I, have had one telephone interview by a VA caregiver agent and a video conference with a VA RN. Both interviews were to determine to what extent do we qualify for the benefit. I think that the interviews went very well. We were told that a decision would be forthcoming in six to eight weeks.

There are multiple benefits to the caregiver in the program including but not limited to compensation, medical insurance through CHAMPVA, education benefits and even travel pay.

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My wife and I applied for the new pre 911 caregiver's benefits under the Mission Act on October 7th 2021. After going through the application process, three interviews, and the required training, we w

Jamescripps2 Thanks for posting this. We have very little info on this process that is posted, so this is very informative.

James you were the first veteran to get a A.O. CLAIM from being the first veteran to win a A.O. Claim in the  United  States And hopefully you will be the first veteran to win this caregiver 2 po

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My wife and I applied for the new pre 911 caregiver's benefits under the Mission Act on October 7th 2021. After going through the application process, three interviews, and the required training, we were successful.  My wife was assigned as my official caregiver and received her ID card and packet. 

The process took about five months. Her back pay will go back to the date of application. The problem is that she was awarded the lower pay level, level one. We immediately appealed the decision, asking for level 2 benefits.  I am a R-2 rated veteran. There are no veterans, either post 911 or pre 911 that have a higher rating than I do.  My wife assist me with seven ADL's and I could not sustain in the community without her help.  My question in the appeal is, if she does not qualify as a level 2 caregiver, then who does?

A veteran must appeal that kind of decision through the VA hospital patient advocate. The appeal is passed up to the proper VISN and they are bound by statute to make a decision within 45 days from the date of the appeal. I am confident that we will prevail.

A level one caregiver only receives 62% compensation.  A level 2 caregiver receives 100% compensation.  I feel that my caregiver fully qualifies as a level 2 caregiver and I am willing to stand up for her and fight for it.

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Jamescripps2 Thanks for posting this. We have very little info on this process that is posted, so this is very informative.

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James you were the first veteran to get a A.O. CLAIM from being the first veteran to win a A.O. Claim in the  United  States

And hopefully you will be the first veteran to win this caregiver 2 position for your spouse. Were pulling for you my friend.

Also I think this program has it for 100%p&t war time veterans   veterans who served in conflicts such as Vietnam  due to Vietnam was not ever declared a war  but this new program is for Veterans that served in a hostile enemy territory  so Vietnam Veterans would be eligible.

I need help with my spouse although she is not a Veteran  her health has went down so bad she needs the help of another person and I understand this program is also open to give her the help she needs for compensation to pay a care giver  to come in.....I do all I can but there's things I can't do. and this is what this type of program is for also...so she got Her  Dr letter and another Dr letter describing her disability's. And the need for another person.

I am not sure about the mission act? I always thought that was for a Veteran to receive outside help out side the VAMC?

Right now were going to try to file online  we just need to get everything together.

I think member Hamslice has it for his spouse?

Anyway Good Luck James  if anyone can do this We know you can git her done.

stay positive my friend.


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