Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

Post by Tilap61 on Wed 27 Sep 2017, 18:48

Ooooooops my bad

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

Post by Dannypaj on Fri 29 Sep 2017, 08:02

Fired a secured email via MY VAC Account.
Sent: UTC 2017-09-29 11:30
On June 15, 2017 I applied for the Allowance - CIA Supplement.

It states that “Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) strives to provide
a decision within 6 weeks provided a previous CIA decision has
been completed.”
1. Has there been a CIA decision made on my behalf and what
does it state?
2. It has been over 17 weeks! I am looking for clarification
to why.
3. I am also requesting that VAC red flags my file. (I will be
attending an in-patient care soon and having to check MY VAC
account several times a day is becoming tiresome.)

Wait and see I guess for VAC's grand response!

P.s
On a Facebook page, the MVA's office read a complaint made by a group member  on the site  and contacted the corresponding office to start working on the file ASAP!

Care, compassion and respect is not having veterans and their family suffer and left out in the cold with no answers and no financial security.

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

Post by Teager on Fri 29 Sep 2017, 08:47

Danny if no previous CIA or if you didn't have a PIA decision before you will be looking at 12 weeks which translates into 24 weeks. Also to receive the CIA supplement you need to have DEC formally TPI decision. If you are currently receiving CIA you will see that in your my VAC account under finicial benefits. If you have E-mail notifications set up to email you when there is a change in your application then you won't have to keep checking My VAC account.

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

Post by Dannypaj on Fri 29 Sep 2017, 09:02

Teager,
I've been granted the CIA, but It was called the PIA when I applied.
When I initially applied, I didn't check off the supplement box.
My question is;
If you receive the CIA, do you not qualify for the supplement automatically?
Or do I just not understand WTF they are doing with my file?

Wait and see.
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Post by Teager on Fri 29 Sep 2017, 09:32

No, you don't automatically qualify for the supplement unless you already have the DEC or TPI. If you have that then you would qualify. If you don't have that they will deny it based on not being DEC did that to me. My case manager is sending out DEC paperwork to me for my doctor to fill out. If granted DEC then I can get the supplement. Do you have a case manager? If you don't you should get one/ask for one.

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

Post by Dannypaj on Fri 29 Sep 2017, 10:02

Thanks for the quick response teager!
And I have an excellent CMO & had one for the last 6 years!
Trusting  the Government of Canada is not easy, especially after the GOC pension promise fiasco.
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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

Post by Dannypaj on Fri 29 Sep 2017, 15:14

Dear Mr. Danny

Thank you for using MY VAC account and our secure e-mail services.

We are experiencing a very high volume of claims and are working
to process the claims as quickly as possible. We thank you for
your patience as we deal with the high volume of claims.

Your claim is in progress.

Before I "RED ZONE" your claim please choose one of the categories
below and provide detailed information. Your request will be
forwarded to the disability claims unit assigned to your claim.

Categories for "Red Zone" Designation:
Medically at Risk
Unmet Health Need Related to Claimed Condition
Financial Distress

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,
Derek S.
National Contact Centre Network Analyst
Veteran Affairs Canada

Quick response back, impressive!
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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

Post by xtraforus on Fri 06 Oct 2017, 07:56

Question .: i have PTSD and i would like to know what should i apply for . Got 3b released over a year ago. Feel like i am in a constant fog reading CIA TPI etc... is PTSD a permanent disability or not ? psychiatrist tells me yes and no !

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

Post by Teager on Fri 06 Oct 2017, 08:20

Apply to everything. If you don't have a case manager request one and they can assist you with all the benefits.

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Post by frustrated on Wed 11 Oct 2017, 15:42

OK ! the CIA Calculations for the 20< years have been using Reserve time as one to one yet you have not been granted that time to be counted for pentionable time . I just got off the phone with the Ombudsmans office and they have sent a recommendation to my second level appeal stating that there is a systemic flaw in the calculation and that reserve time should not be taken as one to one . the only reserve time that should count in the actual years that you served would be what reserve time that was used in calculating you're pention .
As i found out the ombudsman has no teeth so those of us that have been denied CIA increase due to VA taking oure reserve time as one to one and putting us over the magic 20 year mark need to mention that the Ombudsman disagrees with with the way VA calculates years of service .
we need to fight this !

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

Post by Teager on Wed 11 Oct 2017, 16:48

Frustrated you may have more ammo to fight this when the new education benefit is released in April as VAC is going to determine how much time must be served to reach 6 years and 12 years. Whatever they end up using for that calculation should apply across the board.

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

Post by johnny211 on Wed 11 Oct 2017, 18:29

Frustrated - Great handle by the way, describes all of us on here, and VAC dealings. I am in the same boat as you did 24, but 4 was reserve, with very little pension back then. So the bean counters where on crack when they made this up. There is no way they should be taking it as 1 yr reserve - 1 reg when it comes to CIA level. And yes they turned my appeal level down also. Johnny Out,,VVV...
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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

Post by frustrated on Wed 11 Oct 2017, 21:15

I am trying to get a copy of the ombudsman response . but i think i may have to go to the privacy act .

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

Post by frustrated on Thu 12 Oct 2017, 09:37

So i have discovered that only one other vet has actually appealed the use use of reserve time as counted one to one against the CIA . So i would suggest that if you have been denied the CIA for this reason you should appeal it soonest . Since VA counts on sick vets to say nothing due to the stress fighting can cause .

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA) and the Career Impact Allowance Supplement (CIAS)

Post by bigrex on Fri 13 Oct 2017, 15:00

The problem is, the number of CIA recipients is very low, when compared to the overall number of disabled veterans. Then the number of CIA recipients who have mixed service is even smaller. But it shouldn't have to be a wide spread problem to be fixed. If one Veteran gets short changed, due to improper calculations, that is one too many.
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