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First Military Miss USA Speaks Out for American Veterans

 

 

Deshauna Barber, the first Miss USA who is in the Military, is speaking out on behalf of veterans. Barber grew up in a Military family and is currently serving as an Army reservist.

Her passion is helping veterans, and finding ways to stop the veteran suicide rate. She plans to use the pageant’s spotlight and her title to support veterans’ causes and tackle the issue of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder among military members.

“22 soldiers — 22 veterans — commit suicide each and every day. That’s a catastrophic number,” she said. “I don’t want to say we lost sight of our veterans, but I do think that sometimes they’re underappreciated for the sacrifices that they’ve made.”

Burdened with the stigma associated with mental health issues and the military “shame” surrounding PTS (Post Traumatic Stress), they instead turn to suicide as their only option to relieve their suffering.

Miss USA’s assistance in bringing attention to the needs of American Veterans for Aid & Assistance will be a welcome addition to the work of many organizations who work tirelessly to see that our vets are given the care they need and deserve.

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Who Qualifies for Aid & Attendance Benefit

 

 

Many American Veterans still don’t know about the Aid & Attendance benefit that is part of an “Improved Pension.”  It’s a special benefit for veterans who served in time of war who need regular assistance with basic tasks like eating, bathing, dressing, medication dosing or toileting

It’s also available to those vets who are blind, or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. A veteran who is in assisted care or an assisted living facility may also qualify.  This Aid & Attendance is a pension benefit.  It doesn’t depend on the veteran having a service-related injury.

Another aspect of the Aid and Attendance benefit that is often overlooked is the fact that it also applies to a vet with a spouse who needs care. If you served during a time of war and now your spouse’s medical expenses are a drain on your resources, this benefit could solve the problem.

The Aid & Attendance benefit has been a tremendous relief to my dad as my mom has needed more and more help as the years progressed. We have had to hire two additional caretakers to provide personal care for her.  Sandy K.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during a period of war.
  • Must have anything other than a Dishonorable discharge.
  • A surviving spouse must have been married to the veteran at the time of his passing.
  • Must require the assistance of another person to perform some of the daily activities of living.
  • Must meet income and countable asset criteria established by the VA.
  • Must be 65 years and older or totally disabled.

Eligible Periods of War

World War II: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946, inclusive. If the veteran was in service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered World War II service.

Korean conflict: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955, inclusive.

Vietnam era: The period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. The period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in all other cases.

Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law.

If you need any help with your application please give us a call.

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American Veterans have Strong Feelings about Candidates

It happens in every Presidential race:  the candidates talk about their views on American Veterans’ Aid and Benefits.  While this year’s race has been no exception , but the rhetoric has been perhaps a little more heated..  And the response from vets has also been more intense than in past years.

Donald Trump is either loved or hated by veterans. The recent media scrutiny about his fund raiser early in the year brought a flood of positive and negative comments on social media from American Veterans.

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American veterans’ complaints about both candidates shows the strong feelings they have about the need for better aid and care once they return home.

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