Obsessing? Who me? Let’s call it focus. For the past couple of weeks an application for a veterans’ widows’ benefit has taken over my life. You’re right. I’ve already written about his. Some folks were kind enough to comment on that post with encouragement and understanding. I appreciated it.
I have more to say about the subject. You know how everyone complains about the impossibility of reading legalese and about complicated tax forms? Well, here are some examples of the unclear directions and titles on the Veterans Administration forms:
• I can request my father’s service record deleted or undeleted. Now, I ask you, why would I want a deleted service record? The tiny print explains that the undeleted record is the one I want. (Sarcastic voice.) Really.
• For “Increased Survivor Benefits Based on Need for Aid and Attendance or Being Housebound,” one of the qualifications says – you require the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing yourself, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment. That pertains to my mother’s condition exactly.
• I called the VA field office and was told that my mother didn’t qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit because she lives gets home health care rather than living in a nursing home. Instead we should apply for the “Increased benefits based on being housebound” death pension.
• In order to claim the death pension “Your net worth and income [must] not exceed certain requirements.” What requirements? Not explained. (By the way, is a death pension a pension granted after death? It might be since my mother will surely pass away before I can figure this out.)
I could go on, but you get the picture. I’m unhappy about the undeleted pile of forms and instructions I’m trying to work through.