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As he had NO benefits so we never contacted the VA again... Now I see caregivers, including relatives and spouses. are considered.

I took care of my husband from 1994 until he died in 2004. He had gangreen on his foot and almost lost hos foot. instead, the dr's cleaned everything out except the bones and pt a skin graft over the opening, He had enphasema and hypertension and diabetes. It was not long, he needed oxygen and then he started dialysis about 6 months before he died. He was in a wheelchair and other than doctors and dialysis he was housebound,

are any of these care givers assistance available retroactively??

thanks for any help you can give.


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Errett, there is good information at VA.gov. If you live near a VFW or American Legion, stop in and talk to one of the officers there.
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My husband was in the COLD WAR from 1958-1963 and a few years ago they decided to count those as War veterans. I have never looked into what kind of financial help we can get from the VA should he need it. I did use the VA benefits for my Mother from my step-father and father when she needed it. That was from WWII. I would be interested to see what is offered to Cold War veterans. My husband flew the AEWBARONPAC for several years out of Midway.
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Dorothy, if he served in Vietnam, •Vietnam era (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975) you should apply for a widow's pension. The Survivors Pension benefit, which may also be referred to as Death Pension, is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and/or unmarried child(ren) of a deceased Veteran with wartime service.
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No benefits are not paid retroactively. Please don't post your email on a forum since its worldwide and might get skimmed. If you need care yourself, you might contact the VA to see if you are eligible for any survivor benefits etc.
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