Veteran Caregivers and Spouses: Benefit Clarification

Q. My 76-year old father, Larry, served during the Vietnam War, and suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). My mother, Anne, is his caregiver. They live on Social Security checks and his … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Veterans Aid and Attendance Will and Won’t Cover

Dear Commander Bun Bun, My grandfather is a veteran who may be eligible for Veterans Aid and Attendance. What does it cover and what is not covered by it? Thanks for your help! Aidan Atendans ---- Dear Aidan, The … [Read more...]

Veterans DON’T Delay (3-Year Look-Back is Imminent)

Photo from The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) helps veterans and their families by providing supplemental tax-free income through the VA Special Pension with the Aid and Attendance benefit. The Aid … [Read more...]

Lending a Paw for Veterans

Robert Soliz, a 31-year-old former Army Specialist, participates in Paws for Purple Hearts. (Joseph Matthews, Veterans Affairs Photo) After being married for just six weeks, Mark, a U.S.Army veteran who was stationed in Iraq, … [Read more...]

Caregiving for a Veteran: Programs Mentioned at WHCOA

Dear Commander Bun Bun, In Mr. Farr’s recent article on the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA), he talked a lot about caregiving, but didn’t mention anything about veterans, in particular. Can you elaborate on anything … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Services for Family Caregivers of Post 9/11 Veterans

Dear Baxter,I am a caregiver for my mother, who is a post-9/11 veteran and sustained a traumatic brain injury in the line of duty. Do you know of any benefits for caregivers in my situation?Thanks, Karen … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert: VA to Offer One-Stop Website for Veteran’s Benefits

Q. My father, Joe, is a Vietnam veteran. He gets frustrated and confused when he tries to navigate all the veteran's benefits websites and figure out what he may be eligible for. Even the VA Website doesn't have everything he … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Are There Monetary Benefits for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I write to you because I too was a Commander (in the U.S. Navy). I suffer from PTSD, and often have severe nightmares and flashbacks. I have been going to therapy for years, and even tried biofeedback, … [Read more...]

VA Proposes Major Changes to Aid and Attendance Program

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing significant changes to needs-based benefit programs, including an asset limit, a look-back period, asset transfer penalties, and deductible medical expenses, as … [Read more...]

Veterans: Don’t Miss Out On Benefits

Q. My 72-year old father, Phil, served during the Vietnam War, and suffers from Parkinson's Disease and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). My mother, Ruth, is his caregiver. They live on Social Security checks and his pension. … [Read more...]