Help! While waiting on VA!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by claysee, May 10, 2007.

  1. claysee

    claysee Newbie

    It's been 13 months since I applied for Aid and Attendance for my mother. The VA sent their form for medical evidence two weeks ago and I had her neurologist and general md see her, evaluate her and sign the form. Then, I made a copy and had the original and copy stamped by the VA. (I learned the hard way-never mail anything-go down in person and have it stamped by VA with a copy for yourself.)
    In their form letter they stated about 30 days to abjudicate funds for her. It's hard to believe because I've heard it all before. Anyways, the most important issue right now..before my husband and myself go bankrupt. (Already got a 2nd mortgage on our house when her money ran out in January.--She's been in a private payALF for almost 3 years.)
    I want to move her to a less expensive ALF as soon as possible. However, I was told by one of the ALF's I visited that I shouldn't because it could hold up the VA benefit even longer. Is this true? Is there any form I can give to the VA. to make the move? Desperate in Florida. (By the way I wrote to the Congressman about it--No response.)
    Any advice or information would be most appreciated.
  2. veteranadvocate

    veteranadvocate Full Member

    The bottom-line is her countable income and expenses. If you move her to a cheaper place but all of her income is reduced to pay for her care, the VA doesn't really care where she is at. You will see on the approval letter that the VA will tell you to let them know if her condition changes or her income and expenses changes. This is so they can make any necessary adjustments and not create an overpayment on the account. I see no problem in relocating her and if there is a significant difference in the cost where she doesn't have to use all of her personal income then notify the VA. To do so before that time will cause the claim to be pulled and updated for unnecessary reasons.

    I've been seeing a lot of unnecessary forms being sent to claimants that are not needed and it is only slowing down the processing. The VA correspondence that comes with the forms are very confusing and it is causing some individuals to just drop their claims.

    If you do not get a response within the next 30 days I would recommend you write to the following two addresses. I've seen some quick responses over the past 90 days when veterans and widows file inquiries or complaints.

    Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs
    VA Central Office
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    810 Vermont Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20420

    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    Be sure to cc your congressional rep on your correspondence. They will sit-up and take notice.
  3. claysee

    claysee Newbie

    Thank-you! Thank You again! Your information was extremely helpful.
  4. Hey there Claysee,

    I'm curious what response you finally got from the VA regarding the benefit you were seeking down here in FL???

    I hope that you have good news...



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