VA Independent Living Program
The Independent Living program is to make sure that each eligible veteran is able, to the maximum extent possible, to live independently and participate in family and community life increasing their potential to return to work. Services may include the following:
- Assistive technology
- Specialized medical, health, and / or rehabilitation services
- Services to address any personal and / or family adjustment issues
- Independent living skills training
- Connection with community-based support services
Primarily for veteran's whose service-connected disabilities are so severe they are currently unable to purse an employment goal.
How Is The Determination Made?
When a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) determines that employment goals are not currently feasible. An evaluation of the veteran's independent living needs will be conducted. The VRC and veteran will work together to identify the veteran's needs. Together they will determine services required to address the identified needs. An individualized Independent Living Program will be written providing the services necessary to meet the veteran's identified needs. Referral to specialized rehabilitation facilities and/or for consultation with other rehabilitation professionals may be necessary in the development and implementation of a veteran's ILP.
For more details about eligibility or how to get started see a certified Veterans Service Officer (VSO) in your area.
Agent Orange Pay
Did you know the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is distributing disability
benefits to Vietnam Veterans who qualify for compensation under new liberalized rules for Agent Orange exposure?
Up to 200,000 or more Vietnam Veterans are potentially eligible to receive VA disability compensation for medical conditions recently associated with Agent Orange. The expansion of coverage involves B-cell (or hairy-cell) leukemia, Parkinson’s disease and ischemic heart disease (IHD).
Providing initial payments – or increases to existing payments – to the 200,000 or more veterans who now qualify for disability compensation for these three conditions is expected to take a long time, but VA officials encourage all Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and suffer from one of the three diseases to make sure their applications have been submitted.
VA has offered veterans exposed to Agent Orange special access to health care since 1978, and priority medical care since 1981. VA has been providing disability compensation to Veterans with medical problems related to Agent Orange since 1985.
If you believe you qualify for Agent Orange compensation see a certified Veterans Service Officer (VSO).
Are You Eligible for SMC?
Did you know that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) program may provide you with benefits in addition to, or instead of, your disability compensation if you have loss (or loss of use of) a limb, sight, speech, hearing, mobility, sexual organ or functioning, or if you have certain other disabilities? You may also be eligible for SMC if you are unable to leave your house or bed without help, or in need of regular help from another person in your daily activities.
Somewhat different from the VA's disability compensation program, which compensates you for lost wages, SMC compensates you for non-economic losses, such as your personal inconvenience and loss of use of a body part, or body system.