Veterans Awareness Week – Personal Stories of Veterans and How Veterans Aid and Attendance Has Helped Them

Attention Veterans: Take advantage of a 20% discount this month, just by mentioning this posting!
This week is Veterans Awareness Week!  In recognition of this important week, we will focus on personal stories based on real veterans and the long term care decisions they have made.  (Although we have of course changed names and certain facts, the stories are real).

John Archer is a 70 year old Vietnam Veteran from Burke who recently had a stroke.  He has some leg weakness from an injury he sustained during his time in Vietnam and has been in and out of rehabilitation ever since. The effect of the stroke and the weakness he feels in his leg has made it difficult for Mr. Archer to take care of himself.  He is eager to remain at home where he lives alone, but is concerned he won’t be able to manage without help.

Mr. Archer doesn’t have too much of a support system locally. He rarely sees his neighbors socially and is used to being independent and not relying on others for help. His son, William, lives in Fredericksburg and usually visits twice a month. William is also concerned about his father’s ability to live alone.

Farr Law Firm, P.C. recommended to Mr. Archer that he may be eligible for the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit now, but may also need Medicaid for in-home care or eventually, nursing home care.  Evan H. Farr is an Accredited Attorney with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs who understands both the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit and the Medicaid program and the interaction between both benefit programs. Mr. Farr worked with Mr. Archer and his son to obtain the financial assistance to which he were entitled – over $20,000 per year at the rate of over $1,700 per month. Mr. Archer now lives in his home, where he is most comfortable, and has in-home care to help him manage things his activities of daily living.  The extra $1,700 per month from the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance program is vital in helping Mr. Archer afford the care that he needs.

If you are a Veteran or spouse of a Veteran and you need assistance, make an appointment for a free consultation.  We can work with you to evaluate whether you qualify for The Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit and help you file the paperwork.

P.S. For the remainder of the month of November 2012, Veterans can take advantage of a special 20% discount in honor of Veterans Awareness Week by mentioning this posting. 

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About Evan H Farr, CELA, CAP

Evan H. Farr is a 4-time Best-Selling author in the field of Elder Law and Estate Planning. In addition to being one of approximately 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the Country, Evan is one of approximately 100 members of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

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