Helping Veterans with PTSD During COVID-19

Q. I’m a new caregiver for my father, Ted. Since I began a few months ago, most of my caregiving has been at a distance, due to the coronavirus. Dad has Post-traumatic Stress Disorder from his time in the Vietnam War. What can I … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Resources for Veterans (and others) with PTSD During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Hayek, My father is a veteran with PTSD who is being cared for at home by my mother. I know the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been easy on them, having to stay at home all time and not being able to see their grandchildren in … [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...]

Critter Corner: New VA Training Effort Launched for Providers and Caregivers of Veterans

Dear Ernie and Jannette, I am a caregiver for my husband, an army veteran named Steve. He gets regular treatment for a mild traumatic brain injury and for persistent migraines. He has countless appointments through our local … [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...]

Can You Suppress the Onset of Dementia by Treating Apathy?

After many moves and achieving the rank of colonel in the Air Force, Ken had big plans for retirement. His already full bucket list was getting even longer, as he thought of new things he wanted to do with his wife. As an avid … [Read more...]

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...]

Caregiving for Veterans — There’s a Map for That

John was an Army officer who was struck by a bomb blast that threw him 20 feet from where he was standing while on a patrol. After a few months of recovery, John’s family realized something was very wrong. He began having spells … [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...]