When you create an estate plan, the first question that will be on your mind is whom you should discuss your wishes with. Unfortunately, the answer isn't as simple as you might think.
A Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) is a legal document in which you assign a family member or close friend to manage specified items. You can arrange to make someone your DPOA in the event that an unexpected circumstance arises in which you are not able to appoint someone - such as a concussion, coma, or Alzheimer's.
When you apply for Veteran's Aid, like any other assistance program, especially those run by a government entity, they are not just going to take you at your word. It is a red-tape process, and they will require documentation to verify a number of important pieces of information used to determine your eligibility. To speed up the process, avoiding any unnecessary delays, you should gather the following documents and be ready to present them to the VA before you apply for benefits.
The 2011 American Time Use Survey (ATUS) collected information for the first time about provision of eldercare. It looked at the average time spent per day in various activities.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) does make bad decisions sometimes. If you think they have done so in your case, or if you are a family member helping a loved one who is a veteran, you have appeal rights.
Over one-fifth of American families care for parents, grandparents, or others over age 50. This is according to a study done by AARP. It showed that over ten percent of such families' income was spent on caregiving. That number skyrocketed for families caring for someone long-distance. Expenses were estimated at almost $5,000 per month.
If your loved one is a wartime veteran or surviving spouse, he or she may qualify for financial help from the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance program. If you have been given advice that your loved one's income is above the limit, don't take that automatically as a reason not to apply.
If you apply for the USA military's pension program under the Veterans Aid and Attendance program, be aware that your income will be considered. This program is additional to the basic pension program. It is paid to wartime vets with limited or no income and other age and disability qualifications.
Wartime veterans who have fallen into poverty and/or their spouses may be missing out on critically needed funds from the government.
It feels like a special honor to visit the grave of a loved one who was a veteran when he or she is buried in a VA national cemetery. It has a certain sense of "rightness" about it.