Are VA Nursing Homes Free for Veterans?

Q. My father is a Vietnam veteran who will almost certainly need nursing home care in the future. Will the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) nursing home system take care of him for free? Are VA nursing homes as good as private … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Veteran’s Benefits for Spouses

Dear Hayek,   Welcome to the Critter Corner team! I'm hoping you can help answer my question about veteran's benefits. My wife was a veteran before she passed away last year. I miss her dearly and am just getting around … [Read more...]

Veterans Benefits for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Q. I read that Veterans who experienced brain trauma in the course of their service are at a 60% higher risk for developing dementia, while those who have experienced PTSD are twice as likely. My father is a Vietnam Veteran who … [Read more...]

Yikes! Our Top 10 Scariest Articles of 2018

Believe it or not, in Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Special Needs Planning, there are some news stories that sound more like the scary plots of horror movies than real life. The topics can be so horrifying that suddenly, you … [Read more...]

Changes to Veterans Pension Rules Are Looming — Plan Now!

Q. I’ve been an avid reader of your newsletter for many years. A couple of years ago, you published an article indicating that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was proposing significant changes to needs-based benefit … [Read more...]

Can Your Spouse Get Paid for Being Your Caregiver?

Joseph quit his full-time job to provide full-time care for his wife, Stephanie, who is suffering from early-onset dementia. He bathes and dresses her, prepares her meals, takes her blood pressure, gives her prescribed medications … [Read more...]

You May Not Have Known About These VA Home Care Options for Vets!

Jane and Ron are both veterans in their 70's who live at home, and unfortunately, both are experiencing serious health issues. In addition to their health problems, Jane and Ron are struggling financially and contemplating … [Read more...]

Programs Affecting Veterans and Progress this Year

There are currently more than 25 million veterans who served our country during wartime and may be eligible for some form of veteran’s benefits. Many of these veterans and their caregivers, who need assistance, don't realize that … [Read more...]

Military Families Feeling Financially Stretched by Elder Care

Captain David Steere’s father was a Class of 1931 Naval Academy Graduate. At the end of his life, he was living in assisted care and having trouble making ends meet. David is now retired from the Navy himself, and is concerned … [Read more...]

The Death of Long-Term Care Insurance?

Maureen’s husband is retiring within the next few years, and her family is now planning in advance for long-term care, in case the need should arise in the future. Recently, in doing some research on long-term care insurance, … [Read more...]