The following are opinions from Neil Lichtman – Founder of KAV. They should be considered as the thoughts of one person, who is NOT a legal, financial, medical or mental health professional.
It is amazing how benefits varies so greatly from location to location. For instance, when I inquired last, home mortgage assistance in New York was about a $40,000 guarantee. In California it was well over $600,000
One thing that does NOT change as you move across the country is that you should NOT file claims for compensation or benefits, to ANY governmental entity by yourself. That is like an amateur going up against a bureaucracy. And you should NEVER pay anyone to help you.
One of the greatest secrets, is that in 1944 Congress mandated that Every County in the United Sates have a Veterans Service Office. While they come in different names, every one has counselors who are certified by the VA to fight for your rights and get you every service and dime you have pre-earned through your service. And they don’t just know how to help you professionally with the VA, they also know the state and local benefits. As of a newsletter I saw in November of 2018, the VA now even recognizes the effectiveness and efficiency of VSOs and suggests that veterans have their VSO do their claims for their fastest response time.
I am now a 100% permanently disabled vet, due to an agent orange cancer of the spine, among other issues. Even with the help of my VSO and the American Legion in NY in 2010, it took about a year to get certified. But things have changed.
I am now in Santa Clara, CA. The VSO here, doesn’t file paper, so it can’t get lost. From January thru October 2018 for instance, 95% of their claims were filed on-line with a 94% approval rate, in just an average of 6 weeks!!! And that was on over 5,000 claims.
These are the same people who listened to my mother-in-law, the widow of a Non-Combat, WWII vet who had never even applied for benefits, and at 92, got her over $1,800 a month.
So, your FIRST STEP should be a visit with your VSO. To find them just Click Here and put your zip code in the box.