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How long can a veteran receive free assisted help?

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I believe once they start with it, they get it until they die as long as they need it. Their spouse is also entitled but to a lesser amt of money. The problem is getting it approved to start with.
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Always.
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rude
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Okay folks, let's stop talking about my case. We want to focus on the person who asked the question. Especially, what do you mean when you say free? (Now I do not have Medicaid, we make too much money, and the claim for Aid and Attendance is with the Veterans Admin.).
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Ferris1 I know you live in AZ and We have a wonderful facility here in Prescott. I know they have taken my two guys in several times to give me respite. They have a CLC Ward for dementia patients and take wonderful care of them. Also I have been told that I could have home help if I request it. Please check into this. It would be worth the drive.
I do think sometimes Medicaid is slow because it is cost efficient.
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Yes, I truly believe the government is waiting for him to die. He is 87 yrs. and I could use that money to buy some partials so he can eat. His weight keeps dropping and is now 120 lbs., and I'm running out of ideas for soft foods. Some states the veteran has collected very quickly which I don't understand. But, let's all remember this "free" service was never FREE. Veterans have endured much and sacrificed their bodies for this country and this is the way they are re-paid. Disgraceful!
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Ferris, as we are both in Arizona, I'll tell you, we were told the exact same thing that PinkLA has been told! We applied for Dad right away, a year ago when he was first placed. Finally last summer, we were told we should go ahead and start apps for Medicaid approval. This 'free'help, as far as I know, is the 'aid and attendance'. We were told that Dad, as a 91 yr old WWII vet, with no service connected disability etc....has never gotten any other medical benefits from the VA, would be eligible for up to $2200/mo to help cover either in home care or towards his facility rent, as long as approved by an MD. But with the delays and lack of gov't $$, he will never live long enough to collect. The beauty of the VA benefit is that IF they should come through with approval, they do back pay for all the monies paid out privately. Of course, not the Medicaid payments. AND...even if they do not come through for him, Mom is eligible as you would be ....I've been told for her, up to $800 per month. But for spouses, the come at the bottom of the list....so am not counting on it. Those young soldiers coming back with such devastating medical problems will need their coverage forever so it appears the gov't just hopes the WWII vets who are left still, will just die before the approvals come for them. SAD! Especially sad that the gov't wastes so much elsewhere that runs up the debt and puts the veteran in such a situation.
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ferris1 I was told by the Medicaid caseworker that it can take from 9-12 months to receive VA benefits. I believe that is due to the fact that there are so many veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan since Obama pulled them out. I hope you get word soon.
I'm going to start the process soon for my mother with the hopes that we can get some respite care covered too. sounds like a long road ahead.
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TammyAnn - Seven months? I am still awaiting word of either approval or denial of my husband's Aid and Attendance pension and it has been seven months from requesting it. I even have Sen. John McCain's office working with me, but no word yet. Consider your client lucky!
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I recently inqired Veterans ASSISTANCE& AIDE. i walked it out for my stoke client i care for i am an independent ,PCT,CNA i was discouraged so many times however i knew what was out there by seeking and we got benefits in 7 mths to the almost exact day, i will coming in and my clients wife is using those benefits to pay for me to come in 6 hours per day. also i also do not know of free benefits. i do know drs come and ss worker from the VA
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Exactly what "free" help are you referring to for this veteran? Apart from VA benefits and being seen by them, I have no idea what "free" help you mean, and my husband is a three-war veteran, and I'd like to know. I do everything for him and I need a respite every now and then.
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As long as his doctor continues to order it.
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