Veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam may be both less likely and less able to navigate the VA system, and therefore less like to receive the support and disability benefits that they deserve. What many don’t know is that there are many people and organizations that are happy to help them – if they would only ask.
One veteran, 82-year-old Dick Spence, has his hearing aides paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but even though he’s been told he qualifies for more benefits, he hasn’t sought them out because he says that the system is too complication. Another veteran, this one of World War II, is in a wheelchair and would likely be eligible for benefits – if he would only apply.
Why are elderly veterans resisting the help that they both need and deserve? There could be a number of reasons, veterans advocates explain. Some might be suffering from the affects of age and of their health issues. Some may not have access to the internet or may not know how to use the web to find resources and paperwork. Some may not have to will or the energy to cut through the red tape. And still others may be too proud to admit that they need financial support or other help.
If you are a senior veteran who believes you might deserve disability benefits or more disability benefits, don’t let the complexities of the system or other barriers stop you from getting the help you deserve. You served us bravely, now it is our time to serve you.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.