The VA aid and attendance program benefits are a blessing for many that served our country in war time. It is a little known benefit that the VA has kept quiet for years.
Now that the secret is out, there is a backlog of applications.
The goal of this page, is to make the decision makers aware of the struggles that a family caregiver must go through in order to get the benefits that were promised. It is important that we collect as many stories about the experiences so many have- so that they can be printed out and given to the White House Conference on Aging for 2015.
If you have applied for the VA Aid and Attendance Program Benefits , would you please share your story here. We would like to know the process that you went through- the good, the bad, the ugly.
The turn around time for the benefits to kick in would also be important to include.
If you are a Vet or a family caregiver taking care of a vet and dealing with the VA system, we would like those stories too.
I recently came across a woman that was caring for her husband and needed respite care. The response from her VA care manager was a negative one. It did not seem that respite is a necessary benefit. This military wife, of a disabled vet, is overwhelmed, deals with chronic stress, and has not had a break for years.
The system is broken. Family Caregivers need support, need affordable and available respite care, education and regular health care assessments to monitor there stress levels and physical and emotional health.
As part of the Caregiver relief act we are collecting stories related to your health issues and concerns.
We are asking the VA benefits system response turn around time be addressed. With the present information of VA delays for care, we are also addressing that issues. If you have had a negative/positive experience at the VA, please share here.
In order to show the need for this service, please share YOUR personal experience, how you have been physically and emotionally affected by providing care for your family member.
Write a post on what a faster turn around time would mean to you.
Address the things that would make a difference in your caregiving journey regarding better VA care. If you are not shy about your age, it would be most helpful to include your age and that of the family member or members you may be taking care of on this caregiving journey.
Now is your chance to have your say. Share your unique point of view!
PLEASE NOTE: This page is intended to provide an outlet for people that are providing and advocating for an aging senior in their life. It is not intended as a replacement for legal, medical or professional advice.
Want to express yourself?
Do it here!
You’re probably not alone–your personal experience could resonate with other readers on this site. Share your stories, ask your questions, rant, rave or stomp your feet!
No profanity or flames please this is a Family Friendly site.
Either way, we’d love to hear from you!
You don’t need to be a professional writer – all you need is the desire to share an experience or ask others for help with a situation or question. Â I love to hear stories of your family member and your situation .
So, please, share a few pictures of yourself or your family member. Â
Here are a few things you should know about sharing with Care Giver Relief.com :
If you are sharing a story, please make it about your caregiving experience, your family member that you are taking care of, or about any situation related to support services (good and bad), difficulties with insurance, concerns about alternative placement , such as a Nursing home or Assisted Living and tips on caregiving.
Remember, sharing your experience will help others with similar situations.
When it comes to a question, a little bit of information about your situation would be most helpful. You do notÂ have to follow the amount of content rule.
Here’s what we would not publish: No affiliate or commercial links please, no thinly disguised advertorials, no stories that have been published elsewhere, and no sales pitches for products or businesses. I’ve let a few through in the past – those links will be deleted in the coming weeks so please don’t bother sending any more in.
If you are sharing a story, according to Google rules and article must have between 300-700 words. Less is too short for a page, and longer is just… too long.Â
Don’t forget to provide a link to your personal website or blog so we can link back to you!
Try to include at least one photograph (it really does make a story come alive) but no more than four. Tell us what’s in each picture.
Â Don’t forget to include your full name and email so I can get back to you if I have any questions. Y
One more thing:
I’ll do everything I can to publish your story but sometimes I get submissions that simply don’t make the cut – because they don’t follow the guidelines. I can’t reply individually but if your piece doesn’t appear soon after you submit it, chances are it doesn’t meet requirements.
So please, read the above carefully – and hit that keyboard. The rest of us can’t wait to read your post
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