Our US veterans have given us the freedom to agree or disagree with what they did in the war.
They fought as young men and came back much older. They walked off a plane one day to people spitting on them and slapping them in the face. Days and weeks before, children from that war torn country called out to them for help and in most cases they got it.
Regardless of a political viewpoint toward the war, what you have to realize is that did what they thought was right, for you. They are our US veterans who watched their 19 year old buddies drop to the ground, mortally wounded and calling out for their mothers. The horrors they witnessed aged them, damaged them and in many cases still affect them quite severely to this very day.
All they ask from us is that we help them wash the dishes, pay for medicine, and get from the bedroom to the kitchen table. It is a stressful enough providing the care. Getting help from the VA can be a frustrating, never ending battle. That is why we recommend you work with a lawyer who has already walked this road with many US veterans. We are here to take that burden away from you and help you to honor your father, mother, or spouse’s sacrifice.
Learn about VA benefits for spouses
Spouses of US military veterans qualify for numerous benefits courtesy of the services rendered to the US military by their spouses. For spouses to receive veteran benefits, they need to fulfill a number of requirements. These requirements depend on the benefits that a spouse is seeking.
Examples of VA benefits for spouses include pension benefits, burial expenses and support for their children’s education.
These types of VA benefits that spouses are eligible to receive are explained below:
The US Department of Veterans outlines the conditions under which a spouse becomes eligible to receive pension benefits. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, spouses become eligible to receive pension benefits if veterans have served the military for more than 90 days with one of the days being in combat. A veteran must have also left the military in honor for a spouse to qualify for pension benefits.
Education assistance for Dependants and Spouses.
Spouses of veterans are eligible to receive education assistance for up to 45 months if the injury suffered by the veteran resulted to total disability, hospitalization or loss of life. Its only when the death or injury of a veteran occurs during military service that spouses can claim education assistance benefits. Education assistance benefits can only be paid if a claim is lodged within 10 years after the injury is suffered and incases of death, claim for benefits should be lodged within 20 years after the veteran dies.
The US veteran department works with the National Cemetery Association to help spouses of veterans who die while in military service. Some of the benefits that spouses of deceased veterans are entitled to receive include, being buried in a national cemetery, a burial flag and grave marker. If a spouse chooses to be buried besides the veteran, the request is granted. If a veteran died while still in military service and was receiving VA pension at the time of their death, their spouses are eligible to receive burial expenses.
With all the above benefits, spouses of veterans can rest assured that their needs are well taken care of. Spouses of US military veterans who need to further their studies have the opportunity to do so courtesy of the education assistance benefits. The fact that the law recognizes spouses of US veterans as recipients of various benefits offered by the US Department of Veterans is a clear indication that the US government is committed to ensuring the spouses of military officers who either suffer permanent injuries or those who die in service run normal lives.
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…Specialty Care Services with ease.
A program aimed at bringing specialty care services closer to rural veterans has been launched. The Specialty Care Access Network-Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (SCAN-ECHO) a program whose implementation is being undertaken by the Department of Veterans Affairs incorporates the use of videoconferencing equipments to reach rural veterans in need of medical services.
“We are committed to providing increased access to high-quality health care to Veterans regardless of where they live,” said Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “Through SCAN-ECHO, patients in rural areas with complex medical conditions are now able to receive specialty care treatment from their local VA physician.”
With an estimated budget of $50 billion, the VA is arguably one of the largest providers of health care in the country and boast of over 182 medical centers and more than 800 community service centers. The new program which will make it easy for veterans to access medical services irrespective of where they live is partly sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation a charitable organization whose main aim is to provide health care services to American citizens.
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…Grapples with massive pending claims of benefits payments.
More than 565,000 claims of veterans’ benefits are still pending and the department of veterans says the number is increasing by day due to a change in regulations that allowed people who suffered from disability in the Vietnam War to file claims for benefits. This is in addition to many others who suffered disability during the Iraq and Afghan wars.
According to the VA director of benefits Allison Hickey, the department acts as a custodian of 4.4 million active records in the 56 centers where the department has regional offices. Many of the claims are processed manually and this makes it difficult to handle many claims in a day.
Plans are at an advanced stage to digitize the operations of the department by the end of 2015 and according to Melisa Collins who works with the department; this would simplify her work of processing veteran’s benefits and at the same time help to ease the backlog of pending claims.
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