Veteran Administration Benefits: Explore All Options

{4:50 minutes to read} For U.S. Military Veterans, there are many resources available through the Department of Veteran Affairs. However, several steps are required to apply for these benefits. Below, we describe a recent case involving a World War II Veteran who already had benefits.

Don was living alone in a studio apartment within walking distance of major NYC Entertainment Venues, but he was lonely and getting more and more confused. He was a victim of a “sweetheart” scam – a woman befriended him and eventually asked for $5,000 for one health issue after another.

Eddy & Schein was hired to help him get his finances in order and to put a stop to the scam.

Don is a World War II Veteran who has full VA benefits because of a disability. Don visited the VA Hospital for checkups, but also had private doctors. Don’s follow through with medicines and subsequent doctor visits was sporadic. He needed help, so we hired a Geriatric Care Manager (GCM). She tried to get the VA to provide regular home health aides, but it did not appear that the VA could provide sufficient hours for Don’s needs. We hired privately a part-time aide as a temporary solution. Unfortunately, Don did not have enough resources to pay for the private care for very long.

Several people were suggesting he go into a VA home, but we envisioned a large building where Don would be one of many and without much attention. The GCM told us of a lovely VA facility within driving distance of New York City, but we were concerned about taking Don away from NYC.

One day, we had to fill in for the GCM and take Don to the VA Hospital for a series of appointments. In the process, we discovered that while Don could be a curmudgeon about getting dressed and going out, once he got where he was going he was full of social charm, wit and humor. This incident, along with the recommendation from the GCM, made us reconsider keeping Don in his apartment. We began to explore with Don and the VA moving Don to the VA home. Don’s benefits cover his stay 100%. This seemed too good to be true, so we called the home multiple times to confirm that he wouldn’t owe anything.

The next step was the application process. We hired a GCM who specialized in VA benefits and applications to nursing homes. She was able to expedite the process.

Don is now in the VA home, in an airy room that shares a bathroom with another resident in the room next door. He still is being a curmudgeon at times, but also is enjoying the coming and going of facility staff. He does not miss his apartment or NYC.

Here are some Veterans Affairs resources:

To apply for VA Health Care Benefits, you can apply:

  • Online here
  • By Telephone 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm EST.

If you or a loved one is a veteran, be sure to research what benefits are available to veterans and to family members. You may be pleasantly surprised. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us for a complimentary phone consultation in New York at 212-987-1427 or in Los Angeles at 626-372-0090.

Rebecca Schein Gideon Y. Schein,
Rebecca R. Eddy
Gideon Y. Schein

Eddy & Schein
212. 987.1427


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