Nothing makes me angrier than to see veterans suffering while the government dithers about their benefits. And my interest is very personal.
My Dad, who recently passed away, was a World War II veteran. He didn’t speak very often about his experiences in the War. But when he did, the emotions came tumbling out. The horror of what he saw never left him. And, as a result, it’s never left me, either.
My clients know me as a determined fighter for veterans’ benefits. And when I hear of veterans being treated unfairly, it makes my blood boil.
I recently read about an 18-year Navy veteran who’s spent his entire post-military life battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder…and who’s spent the past seven years battling the VA. He filed a disability claim in 2006. And he’s still waiting to hear.
This gentleman filled out all the required files, answered all the required questions. But he’s still waiting. And he’s not alone in his frustration.
According to one study, nearly a million – a million! – veterans have been waiting an average of nine months for the VA to rule on their claims. And many are dying before their claims are addressed! In fact, in a recent one-year period, the VA awarded nearly half-a-billion dollars in retroactive benefits to survivors of nearly 20,000 veterans – after their deaths. In the United States of America, this is unacceptable!
In its defense, the VA says it’s converting from a paper system to a digital one. But that’s small consolation to veterans who have served our country, but who have to wait until our country responds in kind. Or until they’re dead!
At The Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we practice Elder Law. And we hear stories like this all the time. If you’ve got questions – or problems – about your benefits, we can help.
In fact, we’ve answered questions about veterans’ benefits for the past 34 years, for thousands of South Florida families. And we’ve answered their questions, as well, about comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, asset-protection plans, and assistance with Medicaid.
We take veterans’ benefits very personally. And we’re just a phone call away.