TCB Caring Hands Programs. Benefits Access Support Services. Primary Focus Areas. Leading Veterans Administration Benefits Pension Disability Health Care Lesser Known VA Benefits Caregiver Arrangements Housing and Automotive Adaptation Dependent Educational Assistance
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Benefits Access Support Services
It has been estimated that around 10 million seniors - 25% of all of those currently past the age of 65 – likely are eligible for VA pension benefits alone
Only about 5.4% of those who may be eligible currently receive the benefit
Pension and Disability Benefits
Every day is
Outside Agency Use
Long Term Objectives
All agents or representatives MUST be accredited by the VA to work on behalf of the Veteran
Accreditation training requires several months’ study
Many accredited agents are attorneys, but even paralegals and other staffers must themselves be accredited
TCB Caring Hands can begin with an outside accredited agent while gaining internal accreditation
Path to Benefits Access Services
Initial Points of Focus
Program CostsProgram Expansion
About Accreditation & Fees. (n.d.). Senior Veterans Service Alliance. Retrieved August 25, 2011 from http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/about_accreditation_and_fees.htm.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. (2011). Military.com. Retrieved August 25, 2011 from http://www.military.com/benefits/survivor-benefits/dependency-and-indemnity-compensation.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). (2008, December). Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved September 3, 2011 from www.vba.va.gov/VBA/benefits/factsheets/survivors/dic.doc.
Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors: 2011 Edition. (2011, June 16). U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved September 4, 2011 from http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp.
VA to Take Applications for New Family Caregiver Program. (2011, May 3). Veterans Administration. Retrieved August 25, 2011 from http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2088.