I am only providing the information that show that a veteran with SC (Rated and Service Connected) PTSD could be eligible for the new Caregiver program that just started in May 2011. Others may be eligible and there is a lot more info out there! Hope this helps, I wanted to figure this out before applying with the wife.
Here’s the link to where I found the info: VA-2011-VHA-0012-0001.pdf (EDIT-since I posted this, the VA has moved the information that was attached to this link, and I have yet to find it elsewhere)
Before I go further, I must say this. Although I am thankful for this benefit…I do find it backwards and unfortunate to not take care of the previous generations of veterans first. Thanks to YOU for MY freedom. Draggin’
A veteran or servicemember is eligible for a Primary or Secondary Family Caregiver under this part if she or he meets all of the following requirements:
a) The individual is a veteran
b) The individual has a serious injury, including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma, or other mental disorder, incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service on or after September 11, 2001. (PTSD).
c) Such serious injury renders the individual in need of personal care services for a minimum of 6 continuous months (based on a clinical determination), based on any ONE of the following 4 clinical criteria: (Only showing #2 of the 4)
2. Need for supervision, assistance or protection based on symptoms or residuals of neurological or other impairment or injury is the 2nd alternative basis for a determination that an individual is in need of personal care services.
Also stated as:
Need for supervision or protection based on symptoms or residuals of neurological or other impairment or injury means requiring supervision or assistance for any of the following reasons (p.26):
- (1) Seizures (blackouts or lapses in mental awareness, etc.);
- (2) Difficulty with planning and organizing (such as the ability to adhere
- to medication regimen);
- (3) Safety risks (wandering outside the home, danger of falling, using electrical appliances, etc.);
- (4) Difficulty with sleep regulation;
- (5) Delusions or hallucinations;
- (6) Difficulty with recent memory;and
- (7) Self regulation (being able to moderate moods, agitation or aggression, etc.).
d) A clinical determination has been made that it is in the best interest of the individual to participate in the program.
e) Personal care services that would be provided by the Family Caregiver will not be simultaneously and regularly provided by or through another individual or entity.
f) The individual agrees to receive care at home after VA designates a Family Caregiver.
g) The individual agrees to receive ongoing care from a primary care team after VA designates a Family Caregiver.