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Protecting Aging Veterans from Scams Surrounding the Aid and Attendance Benefit

Aid and Attendance

When veterans are having difficulty with their basic care at home, whether it’s the result of age or injuries, finding support may not always be easy. That’s when the Aid and Attendance Benefit can be an integral factor in offering proper care, or at least the financial assistance to pay for it.Aid-and-Attendance

What is the Aid and Attendance Benefit?

This is a pension made available through the VA that was initially developed following World War I. It was designed to provide financial assistance for soldiers returning from war who had suffered injuries or disabilities. Those injuries could have been physical or emotional, including shellshock, which eventually became known as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Through the years the Aid and Attendance pension expanded to include financial support for veterans who may have served during a time of combat but who may not have seen actual combat. It also expanded to cover veterans of all ages and even their spouses or widows, though the amount of financial support would vary.

Where do scams come into play?

Part of the criteria that needs to be met in order to qualify for Aid and Attendance support is falling within a specific income and asset threshold limit. There are some individuals and agencies who offer their ‘services’ to veterans all across the country with regard to filing an application for the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

They can charge upwards of $10,000 for their services, but they ‘guarantee’ positive results (implying that the veteran will definitely receive assistance from this pension), even though there are no guarantees. These firms and advisors move assets around, to family members, and use other methods to ‘hide’ a veteran’s true assets from the VA, helping them fall within the guideline limits.

It’s best to avoid paying anyone for assistance in filling out or submitting this application, and when a person promises guaranteed results with regard to this pension, it’s time to look the other way.

If you or a loved one have the Aid and Attendance benefit, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination. Call today: 1-855-777-4693

 

Kyle Laramie, President

President, Founder at Veterans Care Coordination
After working in the field of occupational therapy, as well as various marketing, sales and management roles for both private duty nursing and assisted living providers, Kyle founded Veterans Care Coordination in April 2011. As president and owner of VCC, Kyle is driven by the memory of his grandfather. A World War II veteran, he unnecessarily missed out on essential VA benefits because Kyle’s family simply did not know about the opportunities that were available to assist him in his golden years.

Under Kyle’s leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.

In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the “100 St. Louisans to Know” in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013, Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the “Top 20” small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for the Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.

Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans’ benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, Mo. with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.