"I first heard about the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit when I began researching assisted living facilities for my 89 year old dad who lived in an apartment by himself.
I heard from many people that the benefit was very hard to receive, took lots of paperwork and time. As I researched the benefit online I found AVA.
Dad and I have often talked about how lost we would have been going through the benefit application process without AVA. We both are very happy with the service we received and felt that it was well worth it to have someone in our corner that had connections and knowledge that we didn't have. Each of the steps on the way to actually sending the application to the VA felt like we had someone pulling for us, someone to contact with questions and someone to help us with the process (a lot of paperwork!!). All AVA employees doing their part for us along the way were friendly and took our calls happily. We always felt that our calls and emails were important to AVA.
By April, we heard that Dad would begin getting the benefit of $1,703 on May 1st. And it was in his account that day! When I told Dad, he cried. So did I. We are so thankful that he can stay in the assisted living facility he loves and get the care he deserves.
Yesterday, I recommended AVA to Dad's assisted living facility because when I told them that he got the benefit, they said there were other residents that needed it and were having trouble getting it.
Thank you AVA!!"
Thank you for your excellent service in helping us through the Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits application process. It was such a joy when we received news from the Department of Veterans Affairs that my mom had been awarded the full amount. Then, the next month when we saw the funds in her account…well, we are just so grateful! My mom was diagnosed with dementia and the costs for her care soared beyond our financial abilities. With the help of these funds, my mom can receive the care she needs. Though the forms were extensive, the rewards are well worth it. I could never have made it through without the friendly support and expert guidance of the American Veterans Aid. I highly recommend your services.
To you and all at AVA, you made the difference and we sincerely thank you!"
I'm sorry it has taken me so long to write this. However, I think the longer we have the benefit of Aid and Attendance, the more we realize what a blessing American Veterans Aid was to us!
As you may recall, I contacted you just after my mother passed away in 2012. My 90-year-old father was left then in good enough physical condition to live alone, but still absolutely needed assistance with preparation of meals, cleaning, shopping, transportation, etc. However, my mother's long illness had depleted their savings, and caused them to take out a loan against their home, so hiring regular care was impossible. My sister-in-law was helping as much as possible, but she has a full-time job and worked every overtime hour she could get to make ends meet.
I have no doubt in my mind that using the services of American Veterans Aid sped up the paperwork process immensely. Your thoroughness ensured that we were filling out forms correctly, so nothing got "kicked back" to us from the Veteran's Administration. (I have a friend who was going through the process of applying for Aid and Attendance on her own for her father; he passed away before they could get the paperwork approved.)
Having the Aid and Attendance income from the VA has been invaluable to my family. He is now able to pay my sister-in-law enough that she can pass on the overtime and spend more time with my father. He has been able to buy some mobility equipment like a Rollater and a wheelchair, not to mention buy his first new eyeglasses in 25 years! He has also been able to purchase more fruit and vegetables (that are NOT in cans), as well as Boost supplemental drinks, which are very expensive.
Overall, I have nothing but high praise for American Veterans Aid. As my friends’ parents begin down the path of my father, the first question I ask them is if either of their parents are veterans! I will refer everyone in similar situations to American Veterans Aid."
Valerie Faust Cowan
Daughter of Joseph H. Faust, WWII Veteran
To follow is my review of the service received from AMERICAN VETERANS AID and may be used in any way you see fit.
My father-in-law and I began the process to receive his military pension with the help of AMERICAN VETERANS AID. All persons connected with our process were always very helpful and professional. I am certain that without your help we would still be trying to fight our way through the paperwork. I am convinced that had we attempted to "do-it-yourself" we would have experienced many false starts, frustrations and would have given up.
For us, the process was a long one, and there were many times my father-in-law wanted to just give up, but as a result of your positive attitude, was able to press on to completion.
We appreciate all you've done to get what my father-in-law deserves."
"I want to thank American Veterans Aid for all their help and assistance with my father’s VA Aid & Attendance Benefit claim. They were extremely knowledgeable about all of the complex forms and processes necessary to apply for this benefit. Their guidance made a very difficult and time consuming process much easier and more efficient. Just recently on TV news I watched a segment on the Veterans Administration bureaucracy where it took years for veterans to have claims processed. With the help of American Veterans Aid that was not the case for my father’s claim. Once the necessary paperwork was collected and completed the application was submitted in November 2012. On February 2013 my father received his first check for over $4000 and will continue to receive $2000 per month going forward. Getting that first check to help support my aging 87 year dad and 86 year old mom brought tears to my dad’s eyes. Almost 70 years after he risked his life fighting in the South Pacific for his country he feels very grateful and appreciated by the Veterans Administration for this benefit. The American Veterans Aid fee was money well spent. All of my family would like to thank them for their help in making my parents final years more comfortable."
Thank you for your excellent work in my Father-in-Law's case. Your guidance
and assistance was instrumental in his obtaining Aid and Attendance benefits in a
timely manner from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Your company, American
Veterans Aid, is also to be highly commended for their excellent work on the case.
We will highly recommend you and your company to others. Our family is grateful for your
help. Please feel free to use this letter as a testimonial."
Darren L. Wu - Attorney at Law, LLC
"I still can't believe that they awarded the full benefit. Your company really came through for us!! I would have never been able to do it on my own and in such a short time frame. Thanks again for all your help."
"I am so grateful for the response to my claim for needed funds. The deposit into my account brought tears to my eyes. The extra money was more than I had anticipated. It is a miracle that has taken a load off my mind. With these additional funds, I will be able to stretch my savings for more years. I do not know how much longer I can stay at home but I have the comfort that I can afford an assisted living home."
"It was good talking with you Monica. I told my father he will seeing the checks shortly and he was thrilled [VA approval received July 2012]. Seeing what my father and mother have gone through these past few years has sure opened my eyes about preparing for your retirement. They both worked hard all their lives and thought they had enough put away, but I don’t think you ever really have enough when poor health hits you and you need to spend your money on having one take care of you.
If is good to know that there are places like American Veterans Aid to help out families of Veterans. Thanks again for your help."
"Dear Phil and Rick: Today I opened a BIG, FAT envelope from the VA telling us that my mother has been awarded her A&A benefits, effective January 12, 2012. My sisters and I are so pleased! Thank you very much—all of you at AVA—for helping us navigate the application process. I am especially happy that the VA evaluation process took place in under one month—wow! You were a tremendous help, and it certainly paid off! Please know that I am happy to provide a reference for AVA to other families going through this same process. I am reviewing the material now and see that I will need to do some follow-up reporting. I may call on you again to confirm my understanding of how we keep my mother’s status current. All the best, and with a grateful heart. "
"Dear Ms. Holt,
My father recently received exciting news from the Department of Veteran Affairs that he had been approved for disability benefits! I would like to personally thank all those involved at Mostyn Faulker at American Veterans Aid for making this possible. Your representative Mostyn Faulker is an absolute pleasure to work with, and had it not been for him I doubt we would have ever gone through the application process. Mr. Faulkner was extremely helpful and patient with my family by explaining the application process, and what we needed to prepare to qualify for the VA benefits. There were times we were discouraged with all the delays and requests for information but I could always call Mr. Vander Hamm and he would explain what was needed and not let us lose hope. I can now say that it was worth all the effort, and we could have not done it without American Veterans Aid."
"Thank You! Mine and my brother’s experience with everyone at American Veterans Aid was very positive. They were thorough, informative and answered questions promptly. The application was submitted to the Americans Veterans Aid and the approval process for the benefits was less than 30 days. I hope you know how much you and all the staff at the American Veterans Aid are appreciated."
The J. W. Family
"Within three months John was approved for a VA assisted living facility and a monthly housing benefit. Without the knowledge, the expertise of Mr. Deron Stokes and his organization, The American Veterans Aid, the process would have taken much longer.On behalf of John R. we wish to thank the American Veterans Aid Organization and Mr. Deron Stokes for their assistance and, service to American Veterans."
John P. R. JR
"I have continued to rely on Mr. Faulkner in view of his thorough professional knowledge, prompt and kindly attention in attending to my mother’s estate on behalf of my brother and myself. Also, because of his commitment to providing financial assistance, I have now retained him to help me with my personal financial needs. He would be the first choice if friends or relatives needed this type of service."
Carol S. L.
"To Whom It May Concern:
This letter is written as a testimonial of the experience we had with American Veterans Aid. After attending a seminar in mid-January, we had a private meeting with two representatives to learn more about the Aid and Attendance Benefits for Wartime Veterans in need of care in an assisted living community (in this case – an Alzheimer’s facility) and to see if our father qualified to receive this help.
In February, we received the packet of information, the preliminary questionnaire and list of supporting documents needed to qualify. It was extensive and took us quite awhile to complete; but we took one thing at a time, answered all the questions and sent for any documents we did not have. (One good hint, from our daughter who works in the medical field, you do not have to try to add up all medical bills – pharmacies and doctor’s offices will provide you with a print-out of whatever time period you need).
By the end of April we had compiled everything requested and made copies of everything for our records. (Others may be able to complete this process quicker if they have the needed information and documentation). The packet was sent to the American Veterans Aid office so they could verify that everything was answered and all documents needed were present. After it was received back, it was mailed to the Department of Veteran Affairs on April 19, 2011.
By June 15, 2011 the claim had been approved and the start date and monthly amount were assigned. The first payment was received by electronic deposit on July 1, 2011.
The process was quite an experience, but well worth the needed benefits received thanks to the help of American Veterans Aid."