After You File
You’ve Filed, Now What?
The application process is complete and you have been awarded a pension for your parent or spouse. That is great news, our deepest congratulations are definitely in order. The quality of life for you both should now continue to rise, as the stress melts away and your days are brighter. Now, there are still some things to remember. Each year you will have to re-certify with the VA to ensure that your spouse or parent is still eligible for the benefit. Also, the VA will send you another form which will require you to list the medical expenses for the past year and the year ahead.
Again, they will need all of the income assets.
To speed up the re-certification process, make sure to have a detailed record of the medical expenses. If the VA fails to receive the form in a timely fashion then they will suspend the pension. It is extremely hard to go back through a twelve month period and attempt to piece together various medical expenses. So, always have them recorded for as they occur. Computer programs and day planners work well for this stage. Also, try to have it sectioned out in a file system. Accordion folders are great because you can itemize by month. They are cheap and simply to store and use. It is just a matter of using them correctly.
In some cases if you have less medical expenses in the year that you received your benefits, you will most likely receive a decrease in the pension or lose it altogether. If you do not report a decrease the VA will bill you for the next year. Do not fail to provide them with this information, and always be honest with the VA about the situation.
Great job and continue to keep up the good work. Your parent and or spouse could not do it without you.