3 Common Frustrations Veterans Face when Applying for Financial Assistance to Pay for Home Care

Veterans Home Care St. Louis

Applying for financial assistance can certainly be a frustrating process. This is especially true for veterans of all ages. Today, there are staffing shortages and other problems that plague the Veterans Administration and even budget shortfalls that are leaving numerous veterans returning from active combat without the proper support and care they need and deserve.

For any veteran who requires some type of home care, whether they are disabled or considered a senior, there are numerous pension programs that can assist them in paying for that level of support at home.

Here are three of the most common frustrations many veterans face when applying for these financial pension programs, such as the Aid and Attendance Benefit through the VA.

Common Frustration #1: Not knowing who to talk to.

There are a number of people who work for the VA that a veteran may need to speak with when it comes to finding out about various pension programs and financial assistance. There are also numerous different departments that may provide various assistance with certain programs. It can be difficult trying to figure out which department to call or whom to speak to at the VA.

With so many calls being rerouted from one office to the other and back again, that can certainly be tremendously frustrating for any veteran, regardless of age. Having the assistance of Veterans Home Care can help ease the frustration of the process.

Common Frustration #2: Worrying about assets.

Throughout the person’s life, if they were responsible, saved their money, invested properly, and build up assets, it shouldn’t disqualify them from certain assistance programs, especially because of their service, but that is exactly what can happen.

An aging veteran, for example, who is worried about his assets and how they could disqualify him from the Aid and Attendance Benefit may pay a firm to move some of those assets around in order to fall within the proper threshold. That may be fairly within the letter of the law, but it is certainly an immoral position.

Common Frustration #3: The waiting time.

It can take upwards of nine months to even a year from the time an aging veteran applies for this pension program to find out whether or not they have been approved for it. That means he will need to either pay for home care out of his own pocket, which can certainly be a struggle on a limited income, go without proper support and assistance at home, or rely on family members and friends.

For more information and to learn about Veterans Home Care St. Louis, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.

 

Bonnie Laiderman, CEO

Bonnie Laiderman, founder and president of Veterans Home Care®, has helped more than 16,000 veterans and their spouses receive in-home care through the unique VetAssist® Program. Started in 2003 as a one-woman operation, Bonnie has overseen the growth of the company to become one of the largest women-owned companies in the St. Louis Metro Region. Veterans Home Care has also earned the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Ethics and Inc. 5000 award of fastest growing companies six times. Now with offices coast-to-coast, Veterans Home Care serves our veterans in 44 states throughout the country.