Grasping for help
Kinkead developed lung cancer because of Agent Orange in Vietnam, and he says he might have died if he hadn't sought help from the Pickaway County Veterans Service Commission.
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Since: Mar 08
#1 Dec 6, 2009
I am happy he is getting true help NOW! It's sad what us Veterans have to do just to make ends meet!
It's sad that Veterans Affairs is slow to act - in some cases never act on needs of veterans!
I am waiting also for answers that may take months to years to get what is owed - It's not about money it's about LIFE but some country and state veterans commissions do not care!
Why asked why they do not check on Veterans I even get told to many to worry about! They do not pay us to track down a Veteran to see even if he is dead or alive - Veterans service officers are not all bad but many are!
More needs to be said about Vetrans Affairs to service commissions from state to state and see are they doing what they are to do?
My guess is NO in many of the citys and states!
Good Luck Kikead
#2 Dec 6, 2009
#3 Dec 6, 2009
Hundreds of thousands may be eligible, says Veterans Affairs
By Anne Thompson
Chief financial correspondent
Updated: 3:38 p.m. ET Feb 26, 2007
DALLAS - At 83, Byrdeen Goldsmith can still harmonize. To look at her, you wouldn't know she has Alzheimer's, but she can't live on her own.
A year ago, her daughter Betty moved Byrdeen into an assisted living facility in Dallas, and got an unexpected assist from the government.
"It's thrilling," says Betty about the veterans' benefit that helps her mom. "It's a real blessing. It's just something you didn't expect."
Byrdeen's husband, Hubbard, served in World War II, a Navy medic in the invasion of Sicily. Because of that service, Byrdeen gets about $900 a month, one-quarter of the cost of her care. The other $3,000 comes out of Betty and husband Ted's savings each month.
#4 Dec 6, 2009
"The financial burden is stressful enough, then you have the emotional stress on top of it," says Betty.
It's called the Aid and Attendance benefit, for at home, assisted living, or nursing home care. Facility director Michael Halliburton says it never fails to surprise families.
"It's shock and awe," he says. "Their eyes light up; their jaws drop. I've had people cry. I've had people hug and kiss me. It can really make the difference as to whether someone can afford the services."
WANT MORE INFORMATION?
More about the Aid & Attendance benefit
• Dept. of Veterans Affairs press release (.doc)
• Application assistance: 1-800-827-1000
• Applications may be submitted online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
• Additional information is available from your local veterans service organization
But the program is little known. Today, just 143,000 veterans or surviving spouses receive the benefit. The government says hundreds of thousands more could be eligible.
#5 Dec 6, 2009
"We know that about 36 percent of veterans either didn't know about the program or thought they weren't entitled," says Brad Mayes with Veterans Affairs.
Eligibility is based on need, but you don't have to be impoverished. The formula includes your income, minus medical expenses, and your net worth, excluding your house and car. The benefit is available to veterans who served during wartime and their spouses, if they cannot live on their own.
It's a benefit that is now one more part of Betty's father's legacy.
"I think he'd be proud of the fact that his service was being honored," says Betty.
Hubbard Goldsmith helped his country then; his country helps his wife now.
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