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Frustrated by VA’s slow progress on application

December 29, 2012
The Inter-Mountain


I am writing today concerning my frustrations with the Veterans Administration. My 88-year-old father is a World War II veteran. He has dementia and is currently in an assisted living facility. My father's care costs more than $5,000 each month. We applied for VA Aid and Attendance benefits more than three -and-a-half years ago and still have not received any benefits to date. Repeated calls to all levels of VA Administration have yielded no results. The common answer is that his application is still "in process."

Three-and-a-half years seems like a long time to process any application. It seems to me to be a blatant attempt to not provide this veteran the benefits to which he is entitled. If, for instance, my father was entitled to $2,000 per month, and the VA hasn't paid in three-and-a-half years, they are saving roughly $80,000 by delaying an application. I consulted an elder law attorney over a year ago and, in less than 15 minutes, he calculated the benefits to which my father was entitled.

Without help from the VA soon my father will have no place to go. Where is the VA in this process? They tell me to apply for welfare to help cover his costs.

If you have had a similar experience with the VA, please contact your congressman or Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Thomas Ditty




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