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Post by Trooper on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 15:14

Family Caregiver Relief Benefit

The new Family Caregiver Relief Benefit (FCRB) provides eligible Veterans with a tax-free lump sum grant. This benefit ensures Veterans continue to get the support they need when their informal caregivers are temporarily unavailable. It allows an informal caregiver to take time off and recharge or attend to their own health and well-being, while the Veteran's needs are still being provided for in his or her absence.

Eligibility details

You may qualify for the FCRB if you have a disability award and:

1. you have an informal caregiver to assist you with your illness or injuries related to your disability award.

2. your need for care is ongoing (expected to last at least 12 months).

3. your informal caregiver is 18 years of age or older and is not paid for providing or coordinating your care.

4. you are not a permanent resident of a nursing home or long-term care facility.

This program is only available to recipients of a disability award. If you have a disability pension or POW compensation of 1% or more, you can apply for Attendance allowance. Similar to the FCRB, the Attendance allowance is a significant benefit available when you need help with daily living tasks and are considered totally disabled.

Do you have both a disability award and a disability pension of 1% or more?

If you have both a disability award and a disability pension of 1% or more, you are not eligible for FCRB, but you may be eligible for Attendance allowance.

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/health/family-caregiver-relief-benefit
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Post by Vet1234 on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 16:17

HA!
anyone ever received this?
I applied and was denied. As far as I'm concerned my application was clear in identifying my need as far as ADL criteria outlined in the policy. My denial letter was not clear as to what they considered and why it was denied.
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Post by Trooper on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 16:39

Vet1234,

Interesting, Joseph Angelini, the Veteran who spoke up at the PM's town hall was also denied this same benefit as stated in my post below in your comments this morning.

This is a clear example of the bureaucrats making up legislation to make the VAC system look superb in all of what they bring forward in terms of benefits, when very few actually get approved.

It's a joke, and they need to be brought out to light for the public to see for themselves how the VAC system really mistreats it's disabled Veterans.
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Post by Rustytheviking on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 19:02

I've received it two years in a row now. Or should I say my wife has. I know there are others out there who get it, but it's probably a small amount.

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Post by Vet1234 on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 19:19

Wow. It thought it was a myth
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Post by johnny211 on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 20:17

I agree fully with you both. I know of only one Vet friend who got this. And he deserves it, as a IED survivor. As a TPI Vet, I was denied twice. The ADL,s are not geared to mental issues, such as PTSD and others. But as you say, this is part of there bluff to joe civi, when these policies are announced. Johnny Out, VVV,,
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Post by Rustytheviking on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 22:48

I have ptsd, as well as a brain injury. I have a da awaiting decision for the brain injury, but they don't give me a hard time about it. I describe all the dirty details that my wife has to do for me, so hopefully that helps

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Post by Vet1234 on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 22:58

We'll it's nice to have you here! I'm getting sick of telling my story to VAC. This forum has been my lifeline. I learn from the people here and share my experiences and dealings with VAC to help everyone else Smile
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Post by Rustytheviking on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 23:26

Thanks. I found that sparing no detail when filling out the forms helped, like having to be prompted for showering, doctors appointments and being the first line when the suicidal thoughts creep in.

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Post by Willie on Sun 22 Jan 2017, 16:44

Hi, the way I am reading this is if I have a disability pension through dva of over 100% and I am an Old Charter client that I am only able to apply for Attendance Allowance. Is this something I apply for or does my spouse apply for it on my behalf? Any info would be appreciate. Many thanks.

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Post by Trooper on Sun 22 Jan 2017, 16:57

Willie,

It's 1% or more for those who are receiving a pension from the old charter, they need to apply for the attendance allowance.

The Veteran themselves need to apply for the attendance allowance.

Attendance Allowance

Entitlement

Definitions:

For the purposes of Attendance Allowance eligibility:

"awarded a pension or compensation" is defined as in receipt of a Disability Pension of 1% or more or Prisoner of War compensation.

"totally disabled by reason of military service or not" is defined as an applicant who meets the definition of "totally disabled" in accordance with Table 1 of this policy.

"in need of attendance" is defined as the need for assistance or supervision of another individual with feeding, bathing, dressing, toileting, mobility or medication administration, that is not already being met by benefits, services or care provided to the client by VAC pursuant to veterans' legislation or any other program, including but not limited to federal, provincial, municipal or community programs, whereby the benefits services or care is provided at no expense to the client.


http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/after-injury/disability-benefits/benefits-determined/table-of-disabilities/ch-05-2006

Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is an additional tax-free monthly assistance to individuals who:

have a Disability Pension of 1% or more or receive Prisoner of War compensation;
are totally disabled, whether by reason of military service or not; AND
need help with daily living tasks.
The amount payable is based on the degree of attendance needed for your day-to-day personal care.

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/after-injury/disability-benefits/related-allowances
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Post by Willie on Sun 22 Jan 2017, 19:37

Thank you Trooper for your help. I printed off the form on the My DVA Account and will bring it into the district office tomorrow for processing. I receive EIA so I wonder if that will cancel out the attendance allowance? Is the attendance allowance based on percentages of disability? Thanks again.

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Post by Trooper on Sun 22 Jan 2017, 19:57

No, the EIA will not cancel out the Attendance Allowance.

The Attendance Allowance is paid Monthly and is tax free.

It is based by Grades, paid in Grades, Grades 1 to 5.
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Post by Willie on Sun 22 Jan 2017, 20:13

Thanks Trooper. I don't know why I never heard of this benefit before today. I would have thought my case manager should have advised me of this benefit so I could have applied. I do get the clothing allowance, EIA and am over 100% pensioned so I hope this allowance gets approved based on the parameters and descriptions I feel I fall into the criteria but you never know what the decision makers will decide.  With many thanks.

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Post by bigrex on Sun 22 Jan 2017, 22:48

I'm not surprised that you have never heard of it. It's something that VAC staff never really talk about unless the Vet brings it up.Unfortunately VAC has a habit of giving the Veteran their disability pension/award, and happy to just forget about them until the Veteran requests additional supports. There is very little proactive moves to ensure Veterans are taken care and don't fall through those mile wide cracks.
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