In these days of continued economic hard times, few of us can afford to overlook any opportunity to tap benefits that can make a real difference.
An associate of mine recently forwarded to me an article entitled America's Best Kept Secret? It describes the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit that offer assistance of up to $2580/month to help with home care services, assisted living, and nursing home costs. I have one client that receives $1644/month, the maximum for a single veteran. It's a tremendous help for anyone who qualifies.
Obviously, you must be a veteran and your income and assets must fall below certain thresholds.
You can find out if you qualify by going to the VA Web site or take advantage of local options. Here in Sonoma County we have the Sonoma County Veterans Service Office: http://www.scvets.org/
In addition, there is a group called Sonoma County Vet Connect: http://www.sonomacountyvetconnect.org They have their volunteers at various locations throughout the county every week. The web site gives the schedule.
So, Calling all veterans and the children, families and friends of veterans! Help make this a secret no longer.
Don the Trustee
When my mother passed very suddenly some 16 years ago, I worked as a trustee for the first time. Her trust contained walnut orchards, peach orchards and a small vineyard. One of the properties was within the sphere of influence of the adjacent city and I dove in with the neighbors and started working on annexation. Loved this work back then and still find it very satisfying today.