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Post by Trooper on Thu 26 Jan 2017, 18:31

Veterans Independence Program


The Veterans Independence Program (VIP) helps you remain independent and self-sufficient in your home and your community. Depending on your circumstances and health needs you may qualify for financial assistance to obtain services such as grounds maintenance; housekeeping; personal care; access to nutrition; health and support services provided by a health professional.

VIP does not replace other federal, provincial or municipal programs. Instead its role is to complement existing programs to help meet your needs.

Do I Qualify?


You may qualify for VIP, if you meet one of the following criteria:

You have qualified for a disability benefit;
You have qualified for the War Veterans Allowance;
You are in receipt of Prisoner of War Compensation;
You are a Veteran who is eligible for, but is unable to access, a Contract Bed (also known as a Priority Access Bed);
You have been the primary caregiver for an eligible Veteran or civilian;
or
You are a low-income or disabled survivor of an eligible Veteran or civilian

How to Apply


http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/health/veterans-independence-program/apply

Frequently Asked Questions


http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/health/veterans-independence-program/faq


http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/health/veterans-independence-program
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Re: Veterans Independence Program

Post by By the Bay on Fri 30 Jun 2017, 14:32

Hello, 👋
I was recently approved for VIP benefits. Today, my husband verified the information through VAC My Account, he noticed that there was an end date to this benefit. It stated...Start Date May 12 2017- End Date May 11 2018. My question is... Do I need to re-submit an application annually to receive continued VIP benefits or does it automatically change the date in the system when the end date expires?
P.S Does anyone know how long does it take for the first VIP payment to be deposited in bank accounts.  My husband called VAC yesterday, and they said, "Shortly". I hope VAC's time frame of 'Shortly' does not mean several weeks! 🤔
Cheers,
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Re: Veterans Independence Program

Post by nemo on Fri 30 Jun 2017, 16:18

No, you don't need to resubmit an app for continued VIP benefits. It will continue. Also, don't worry if they never finish the levels of processing either. They will just keep depositing the funds.

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Re: Veterans Independence Program

Post by bigrex on Fri 30 Jun 2017, 18:03

I Have been getting the VIP grant since it's inception. So that has been several years, so I want to know why it is not subject to COLA? Lord knows that the companies raise their rates every year, for services that VIP is supposed to cover.
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Re: Veterans Independence Program

Post by pinger on Fri 30 Jun 2017, 20:44

bigrex wrote "Lord knows that the companies raise their rates every year, for services that VIP is supposed to cover. "

They are a 3rd party bigrex, that said any exploitation / greed they endeavour to pursue should get crucified including any... facilitation.

I mean... made very public knowledge of.

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Re: Veterans Independence Program

Post by johnny211 on Sat 01 Jul 2017, 05:47

Bigrex - last year I moved from a lawn that got cut in 15 min, too an almost one acre yard. Called and told DVA. It was like pulling teeth. No one ever came to look at the yard and they put it up 120.00. I felt like I was stirring up a hornets nest calling and telling them. I find somethings are better left alone with them..Cranky Rad Op, Out. VVV...
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Re: Veterans Independence Program

Post by Halifax275 on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 10:53

Is there a requirement to be released or releasing to receive VIP benefits?

The website makes no mention of that but I submitted an application in Oct 16 through My VAC account that was never processed (Still at Step 1). When I called, the person on the phone said that the program is only for released members but he did not seem convinced....

I have several DAs and according to the website, that should be enough.

Has anyone been in that situation or know the answer?

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Re: Veterans Independence Program

Post by bigrex on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 11:35

Well, I know that I was approved VIP for lawn care before I was released, even though I was waiting release at the time. But even if it gets denied because you are still serving, it should at least go through the adjudication process. Then at least you have an answer. The problem is, there is no reference to the VIP, in the NVC Act or the regulations, and it has been removed from the Pension Act. So there is nothing available publicly, to go to VAC, and tell them that they are in the wrong.
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Post by Halifax275 on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 11:42

I'll try to call them again. It has not been denied, it has just been at Step 1 since Oct 16 when it is supposed to take 4 weeks.... Lawn care and snow removal are really what I am after as I have been paying out of pocket since my injuries.

Thank you for the response.

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Re: Veterans Independence Program

Post by Trooper on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 15:48

As far as I know, in order to qualify for the VIP, you need to be receiving a disability benefit from VAC, released or not.
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Re: Veterans Independence Program

Post by pinger on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 18:36

I have it, but saw an old timer today who definitely needs it. A VaC 3rd party nurse saw him 3 days ago.
Don't imagine it should take too too long? Shuffling a few papers.
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Re: Veterans Independence Program

Post by By the Bay on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 13:32

Hi Halifax275,
I was approved for VIP under the 4 week mark... I think I know why your not getting approved! The VIP decisions are made at the local VAC office level. My VIP application was drafted and submitted by my case worker and sent to their area VAC Doctor for consideration. Even on my decision letter, it states that 'the above decision about your VIP benefits were made based on: a Case Manager's assessment.  

You need to contact your local VAC office so they can start your application.
Good luck, I hope this help you out!
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Re: Veterans Independence Program

Post by Halifax275 on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 17:13

This is what I got back from VAC....

Thank you for using My VAC Account and our secure E-mail services.

In order to be eligible for treatment benefits and elements found
within the Veterans Independence Program, it is necessary that
the applicant be released from the forces.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact
us again via My VAC Account or our toll-free number 1-866-522-2122.

Sincerely,


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Re: Veterans Independence Program

Post by Trooper on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 18:35

Halifax275 wrote:This is what I got back from VAC....

Thank you for using My VAC Account and our secure E-mail services.

In order to be eligible for treatment benefits and elements found
within the Veterans Independence Program, it is necessary that
the applicant be released from the forces.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact
us again via My VAC Account or our toll-free number 1-866-522-2122.

Sincerely,


That's interesting because if you look at their policy, first post, it clearly states:

You may qualify for VIP, if you meet one of the following criteria:

You have qualified for a disability benefit;
You have qualified for the War Veterans Allowance;
You are in receipt of Prisoner of War Compensation;
You are a Veteran who is eligible for, but is unable to access, a Contract Bed (also known as a Priority Access Bed);
You have been the primary caregiver for an eligible Veteran or civilian;
or
You are a low-income or disabled survivor of an eligible Veteran or civilian


Nowhere does it state you need to be released.
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