Top Benefits Veterans Might Not Be Aware of in 2023

Q. Veterans Day is tomorrow. Our military Veterans have served our country, fought for freedom, and they deserve our utmost respect. My father is a Vietnam Veteran, and he and my mother (and me) are unaware of what benefits might … [Read more...]

How Will You Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War on March 29, 2023? 

This week, we commemorate two significant days, National Medal of Honor Day on March 25, and National Vietnam War Veterans Day (NVWVD) on March 29.   The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that today there are more than 7 … [Read more...]

Which Veteran’s Benefits are Expanding and Increasing in 2021?

Chris, a 75-year-old Vietnam veteran, is planning on moving to Northern Virginia to reside with his son and his family. He is eager to remain at his son's home for as long as possible, but is concerned he won’t be able to manage … [Read more...]

VA Caregiver Support Program Expansion Begins: What it Means for Veterans and Caregivers

Q. I am a caregiver for my father, a U.S. Navy veteran. He and I recently celebrated Veteran’s Day and my understanding is that it is National Family Caregiver’s Month all through November. In light of these two important … [Read more...]

After 40 Years, “Widows Tax” is Finally Eliminated

Q. My friend, Kim, lost her husband Brian in a helicopter crash in Iraq 15 years ago while he was serving our country. After he died, she was told that she would have to forfeit benefits that her husband had paid into for years, … [Read more...]

Open Enrollment 2020: How Veterans Can Best Maximize Their Benefits

Dear Rune, I am a veteran who wants to add Medicare Advantage benefits during open enrollment this year. I have a few questions about my veterans benefits and Medicare plans, and I'm hoping you can help. First, can Medicare … [Read more...]

Mission Accomplished or Mission Impossible: Is the MISSION Act Really Benefitting Veterans?

Q. As a veteran, my father used to have to wait weeks to see a VA doctor, and that doctor was more than 35 minutes away. I heard about the MISSION Act, where he will have access to community care and can find a doctor who is … [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...]

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...]