Robert Stretch

Families of Veterans Now Able to Act as Fiduciaries

Most of you probably already know how difficult the application process can be for veterans trying to access VA benefits. When a fiduciary is required as a part of the benefit acquisition process, the situation can become even more frustrating for both veterans and their families. What is a fiduciary? The VA assigns fiduciaries to …

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New Allowance for Veterans Involved with the U.S. Paralympics

The VA is working with the U.S. Paralympic Committee to provide a little extra benefit to qualifying veterans.  A monthly subsistence allowance is being created to help disabled veterans participate more easily in competitive sports. Not all disabled veterans will qualify for the allowance.  It is set for veterans who are invited by the U.S. …

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Rule Change for Post-Incarceration Veterans Health Care

The VA has begun a new program which aims to reduce the number of repeat offences among veterans who have been incarcerated.  The new program allows veterans in halfway houses and other post-incarceration housing to receive health care from VA health care facilities.  Current rules require that if another agency, such as a prison, is …

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Caregivers of Veterans to Receive New and Enhanced Benefits

Through the Department of Veterans Affairs family caregivers of seriously ill and/ or injured veterans may now be eligible to receive new and enhanced benefits. The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 was signed in May 2010 by President Obama which established new supporting services for caregivers of certain Post 9/11 veterans. …

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Tangible First Step in LA to end Veteran Homelessness

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it’s collaborating with Los Angeles government officials and nonprofits to launch a pilot program to help homeless veterans. The Los Angeles Times reported that about 15 percent of the 48,000 homeless persons on L.A.’s streets are veterans. Similar to Project 50, executed by Los Angeles County, the VA’s pilot …

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