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over 4 years ago

Does this study include caring for the Veteran's widow or widower? I am caring for my Mom who is a widow and who at age 89 needs all kinds of help.

over 4 years ago
BillF said...

Thanks for posting Missy. I work on an eldercare blog for a nationwide network of caregivers and I will definitely spread the word of this survey.

Best, Bill http://www.rightathome.net/seniorhomecare

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over 4 years ago

Unfortunately, this survey is only applicable if care is required as a result of injury sustained during military service.

over 4 years ago
Zulu said...

My dad is 91, a WW II veteran, who desperately needs some in-home services. Unfortunately, this survey and information is only for those with service related injuries. That is sad, because there are a lot of elderly vets out there who need help, have little money and resources, and are being excluded.

over 4 years ago
DONCO said...

MY DAD IS ALSO A WWII MARINE @ 91, VET AND I WENT TO THE LOCAL VA OFFICE AND APPLIED FOR VA ASSISTANCE. HE HAS "AD" AND HAS NO OTHER INCOME TO SUPPORT HIS ASSISTED LIVING / NURSING HOME FEES. BE SURE TO CHECK WITH THE LOCAL VA OFFICE, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY. BEST TO GO AND VISIT THE VA OFFICE, DONT CALL!!

about 4 years ago

My understanding is there is help for all Veterans. Especially if they are combat Veterans. Medical Care; nursing home care; home care, pensions.

You need to find a Service Officer at the DAV, VFW, or those located at Benefits office at the VA or go online at the VA website. Make sure you ask more than one person as you often don't get told the entire story of what you can and cannot obtain.

Tell you Dad..."thanks for your service"

WW11 Vets really never talk about their experience. They also experienced PTSD; but it was known as battle fatigue or shell shock. We took care of a WW11 Vet and he had a lot of signs (Google PTSD and see for yourself) Our friend also had signs of a TBI. He was a gunner on a battle ship. You know he had to have some concussive blasts!!

Good luck to you and your Dad; Enjoy your time with him.

Brenda

about 4 years ago
Margaret99 said...

I completed the survey. At the end of the survey I was informed this survey is only for veterans whose injury was sustained as a result of combat duty.

We have, however, applied for the VA Aid and Attendance program to help offset the out of pocket expenses incurred on a monthly basis. I am hopeful my dad will qualify for this much-needed assistance.

about 4 years ago
firecontrolgal said...

I think any feedback we as caregivers can give to the VA the better we ALL will be. If someone is genuinely interested - I am willing to tell them about my questions, comments, feedback, and suggestions on ways they can improve the system. If I can help just 1 other person doing this - then I've done a good deed!

about 4 years ago
jamesb said...

Another website that is doing something similar is http://www.veterancaregiver.com. They have polls like this as well as some pretty good resources.

about 3 years ago
Hempangel said...

I am a Viet Nam veteran.Back in 1976 i ran accross this girl that worked at clinical lab that was doing expeiments with hemp oil for the cure of cancer.Well this stuff was made from marijuana and cooked down to a thick paste.They were using humans not animals.This hemp oil shrank tumors in 5 to 8 days and they went away.This stuff made the cancers eat themselves alive.About a yr ago the VA told me i had an incurable condition called fibromyalgia.I looked at that pakiistani doctor and said i bet it can be cured.I had a numbing sensation in my right shoulder that really sucked.If i didn't move my shoulder around every time it came on me it would send a terrible pain down my right side.I cooked up enough hemp oil for a week and i put it in with some hemp seed oil and took a table spoon in the morning and another in the evening and it all went away.It even took a painfull knee joint pain with it.It works and you can see it on you tube.Run From the Cure by Rick Simpson

about 3 years ago

I am an accredited agent with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and if I can be of any help please feel free to contact me Thanks Joe

about 3 years ago
Hempangel said...

You mean like exposure to agent orange

about 3 years ago

Yes like agent orange

about 3 years ago

Joe,

The website address that you have given does not connect. Please put a hyperlink in?

Are you accredited through the DAV?

What state?

Are you a county service officer or a State office representative or one of the very few people who are "independent"?

Thanks, Vetwife Advocate

about 3 years ago

Dear Vetwife Advocate:

I am one of the very few people that are independent I think there are about 105 agents or so in the country that are independent. There are even less that are veterans especially combat disable USMC....I try to respond to everyone in a timely manner but sometimes it takes a little longer then I would like do to the influx of calls.

Thank Joe

over 2 years ago
JerCare said...

Hi Joe, I take care of my WW11 era vet, she was in the south seas during and at the end of the war. At her age she needs help. I need financal help giving her the care she needs. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks Jerry

over 2 years ago
Sad&Alone said...

You need to check on Aid and Attendance. If you apply, don't make the same mistakes I made.

It takes a while to get the ball rolling so you need to start asap. Keep copies of EVERYTHING you send to them, and send everything by registered mail so you have proof that what they asked for WAS recieved by them, and the date it was received.

Also, keep calling them. Stay on top of everything during the process.

I cared for my dad and applied for A&A in spring of '09. In the fall of '10, I was told a VA rep would be making a home visit. This was to be the last step before I started getting paid. After 3 or 4 months, no one had called to schedule a home visit so I called them. I was told there was a form I needed to send. (I'd sent it twice already.) My dad died in Feb. 2011. Because the VA screwed up, and because I didn't stay on top of it, I didn't get any money. I should've gotten about $20+ thousand, I think.

over 2 years ago
Grandmom0f7 said...

I was a caregiver for my husband who was a Nam Vet for 21 months while he battled Glioblastoma Multiforme Stage 4 Brain Cancer. He passed away on Dec. 10, 2011.

He'd fought the VA since 1972 about his hearing loss, on Nov. 7, 2011, he received his hearing aids finally from the VA. he was put into hospice 2 days later.

We still have appeal from May 2011, no word yet. VA should have helped him more through the years, but they were not there for him.

Life will never be the same for our family without him and we believe Agent Orange caused his brain cancer.

over 2 years ago
Hempangel said...

Fighting with the VA is a hard battle.These people are war mongers.I am a Viet Nam vet who was exposed to agent orange in a big way.Itryed not to wait around and do nothing about the future.I've juiced,done the flax seed oil and the ground flax seed and most definatly will do baking soda.I've thought about using cannabis oil,but since this is illegal and a person can't grow their own marijuana this might not happen.You have to be able to use the very best indaca marijuana plant in order for the cannabis oil to work to cure cancer.Believe it or not,but a medic in Viet Nam turned me on to this treatment with the cannabis oil.Has anyone ever notice that you just don't see a lot of polatitians getting cancer and dieing of it.Better health care than what you and i get.Most vets have cancer before the VA tells us we have it.It is misdiagnosed.I know.I was mis diaganosed three time with stuff i didn't have.I'm sure all you vets know what i am talking about.

almost 2 years ago
Grandmom0f7 said...

The VA does not help all of the Nam Vets' wives that are Caregivers of their husbands. I know, I tried to get help when I was my Nam Vet husband's caregiver.

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