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In Response to Re: Cheating veterans and the government:
Seems unlikely we'll be able to get Congressional GOPers to pass a law that prohibits preying on those less fortunate - they consider such action the Spirit That Built America. Education is the only answer, and again, GOPers oppose anything that would make it easier to identify their schemes and unravel their lies, so guess the only solution is to GET THE GOPers OUT OF CONGRESS!
Posted by Olderscout66
I think you are placing blame too narrowly - To me, it seems to be the foot dragging of both parties.
Two Senators of different party affilliation (Burr, R-NC and Wyden, D-Ore) came up with a bill in 2013 (S.748 Veteran Pension Protection Act) to establish a financial look back period for the VA pension and I think, the Aid and Attendance program. The Bill just sits - The Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs is made up of (14) members, (7) - Dems, (6)-Rep, (1)- Ind. - The head of the committee is Senator Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont; he is in charge of moving the legislation along, but it has not, but I do not know the reason.
Full title, description of S.748 - "A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to consider the resources of individuals applying for pension that were recently disposed of by the individuals for less than fair market value when determining the eligibility of such individuals for such pension, and for other purposes."
Rep. Rooney (R-FL) introduced it in the House H.R. 2341, referred to Committee and there it sits with (4) co-sponsors - (3) Dems and (1) Republican.
The American Legion in their letter (see page 24 of this PDF) to the Senate Committee concerning this legislation said that they have NO position on this legislation but gave this reasoning in the letter:
"The American Legion has reservations as to whether or not this is the most appropriate measure to provide relief to veterans and their families. Research conducted through The American Legion’s network of service providers shows, that this new look back period would affect surviving spouses of veterans who need benefits, as well as questions how VA would be able to address the increased workload of the look back period when pension centers struggle to address their existing workload."
I have previously contacted my Senator (R) and my Rep (D) on this matter, supporting it; both of them are on their respective Veteran Services committees.
The VA Administration has lots of problems- much of which has to do with work processing in a technical sense & lack of people to do the processing and approving - that goes for claims as well as these accredition representatives.
I have seen these financial planners give seminars at Assisted Living facilities - they concentrate on visual aids of how much they have gotten certain clients without going into detail about the actual method used to hide the assets - that step would be done by them on a one on one basis, after they know the net worth of the individuals. Many of these folks just eat it up when they are looking at $3000 - $ 6000 per month for assisted living or memory care.
Yes, education would help in this area but on the other hand, it appears to me to be just a continuation of the mindset of many, rich and middle class, to get something and let others pay for it, no matter their asset value.
It is my belief that all helping programs need to have similar or like criteria for income + asset eligibility including a lengthy lookback period, no matter the program. Evidently, those who are in charge of assigning this type of mandate don't see it the same way.