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How To File A Service Connected VA Benefit

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces who have sustained service-related injuries in the line of duty are eligible to receive disability benefits, which can range from $120 to $3,100 each month. Filing your application for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs quickly is very important, as the process can take months to complete. If your benefits application is denied and you still need help, be aware that you can file an appeal. Contact your local Veterans Affairs office and ask them to send you VA Form 21-526, entitled "Veterans' Application for Compensation and/or Pension." You can locate a…

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Here’s a reminder of a benefit, called the Aid and Attendance, which can cover nearly $2,000 a month of such costs for qualifying veterans, depending on the situation.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs Web site, the benefit is paid in addition to monthly pension benefits. To qualify for the aid benefit, the veteran must generally be 65 or older (if not permanently disabled), have served during wartime and meet certain other income and asset requirements and medical requirements. In particular, annual income for the veteran and his or her spouse — not counting unreimbursed medical expenses — must be below a certain level. As for medical requirements, the veteran must require the aid of someone else to perform everyday “personal functions,” be bedridden, live in a…

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What is countable income for veteran’s AID AND ATTENDANCE eligibility purposes?

What is countable income for veteran’s AID AND ATTENDANCE eligibility purposes?  Any income received by the veteran and in the household is countable income. It includes earnings, disability and retirement payments, interest and dividends, and net income from farming or business. Please note that the VA and Medicaid view income and assets differently – for example – there is a presumption that all of a child’s income is available to or for the veteran and Medicaid has a five year look back period unlike the VA. To increase your monthly income, please contact us about a FREE VA benefits HANDBOOK,…

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What is the VA procedure of a DRO and a BVA?

Briefly, a DRO is at the local VARO office and can be requested by a claimant at any time.  This senior adjudicator and can overturn the original's adjudicator's decision and approve the claim.  If he denies the claim, he must send a statement of the case which gives the claimant the reasons for the denial. From the time that a DRO denies the claim, the claimant has only 60 days to file his formal appeal with the BVA, using form VA9. The Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) is part of the VA and is in Washington.  Its judges review claims that were…

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There are a number of financial organizations that abuse seniors and those who refer to them, if they knew or should have known that the senior (or disabled) was likely to be financially abused.

There are a number of financial organizations that abuse seniors and those who refer to them, if they knew or should have known that the senior (or disabled) was likely to be financially abused. For statutes related to annuity and financial abuse see (www.riesslaw.com).  On this website, you will find the statutes and California case law. Combine that with information you can find on the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform website and that of the State Bar AND the Attorney General’s website. 

How to Enroll for VA Health Benefits

You can fill out the form to enroll for health benefits online at https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/ or you can receive the form by calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387). Once you complete and sign the form, mail it to your local VA health care facility. Click here to find the facility nearest you.

You need to be aware of self described “veterans advocates” who are in fact unscrupulous investment advisors.

These financial scammers state that “we’ll get you eligible for VA benefits, thus you’ll have more income, to pay for the assisted living facility or the home care nurse, and all you have to do is purchase this annuity.”

The Newark VA Regional Office gets 29 % of disability claims wrong

You need someone working on your side, to help you make sure you get the benefits you are entitled.

Filing for VA Disability Benefits

If a veteran believes they are eligible for disability benefits, they should submit a completed copy of VA Form 21-526 to the nearest VA Regional Office.

Providing Care For Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease.

We, at Senior Life Care Planning, provide our clients, families, and caregivers, with a support system, expertise and resources they need to better navigate the many health care, legal, and financial complexities associated with aging.

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