American Veterans Aid Business Reviewed: Don't Let Them Take Advantage of You
Have you heard of “pension poachers” trying to take advantage of our nation’s veterans?
This news segment that aired about VeteranAid.org explains a bit more about them: (http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/consumer/on-your-side/2015/11/11/veterans-claim-they-paid-hundreds-to-get-free-benefit/75594220/). Veterans and their families are being taken advantage of by companies like financial planners and elder law attorneys trying to illegally charge veterans.
VeteranAid.org stands by its mission to offer detailed information on a veterans’ pension benefit called Aid and Attendance (A&A) and make sure these veterans and families can find this information for free. If veterans require assisted living care in a community or at home, we give them the information they need to apply for the A&A benefit themselves. Nobody is supposed to be charging to help a veteran file for this Aid and Attendance benefit money.
Veterans end up looking for help with finding more information about and filing for the Aid and Attendance benefit, only to become victims of “pension poachers”. Essentially, these businesses tell you they can find out if you’re eligible for the benefit and then help you with filing the application.
The catch is, these companies can charge anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars in order to help a veteran with their services. Note that it is illegal to charge for helping someone apply for the Aid and Attendance benefit, or any veterans benefit for that matter.
One company in particular, which apparently offers their services nationwide and are located in Orange, CA, has received many complaints about their “business” which is essentially trying to make a dollar off of the back of our nation’s veterans.
Here is the American Veterans Aid company website:
And here is a list of complaints and reviews about the American Veterans Aid business: http://www.checkbca.org/report/american-veterans-aid-100074634/complaints
Complaints of the American Veterans Aid company from our forums:
"After reading your blog and your story, I am reluctant to pay the $950 for them to file the paperwork for me. It is something I am pretty sure I can do myself. They have not promised me anything, but assured me that they, in most cases, can get the paperwork pushed through and have a determination letter inside of 2 months, providing all the paperwork is filled out properly. Maybe this guy has an inside connection of some sort? That alone sounds a bit fishy, since seeing your website and knowing that it normally takes nearly a year.
Does anyone out there have experience with either of these companies, and can you give me a thumbs up or down? I don't want to waste $950, but if they can truly help push it through, it would be worth it."
How can you help?
We are trying to spread the word about our site and educate people looking for additional information to help them navigate their way through this difficult and overwhelming journey and stop them from being taken advantage of.
Let’s stop them! Let’s work together to get this story out there. Please share this information with your friends and any veterans you know who can use the help of VeteranAid.org.
If you have a story of someone charging you for services in filing for the Aid and Attendance pension benefit, please let us know on our forums.