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Are You Or A Loved One With Alzheimer’s A Military Veteran?

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How challenging is accessing medical care and veterans' benefits for Alzheimer’s?

posted July 8
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Dear Doris19, Thanks for sharing another positive VA experience! Gives me hope.

posted July 9
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I'm in Missouri. My husband was a veteran and had been a part of the VA system for years. He was. Korean vet with no issues connected to his service. He was eligible solely for his service. Once his ALZ was diagnosed he was already in the system. So I can say nothing bad about the system. His Nurse Practitioner was such a help. When Hubby got worse, she was aware of his changes. She Sat up in home therapy, then she saw how my being there 24/7, was wearing on me and she set up respite care, so I could get away now and then. Then when it came time for him to apply for the VA home she helped me do the paperwork. I could not have asked for anything better. When he went to the home in 2019, he actually improved and gained weight back. But as time went on he lost it again.
However he was treated with great respect and the care was very good. After 4 and half years he passed. But you will never hear me complain, ever! No it wasn't the fanciest, but it was sincere!

posted July 8
A myALZteam Member

My 76 year old husband is a Viet Nam vet that was sprayed with agent orange. We live in Nashville area and the VA there has been primary care provider for nearly 15 years. He is 100%. At va hospital different agencies had offices in the main lobby. The DAV was very helpful. The Dr told me when I knew he was to the point of needing in Skilled Nursing, bring him to er and they would handle it from there. That’s what I did. Their help has been invaluable.

posted July 8
A myALZteam Member

My husband is a retired veteran and he receives full service from VA for dementia care. You need to file a new claim to get more % on his disability, in order to qualify for more benefits.

posted July 8
A myALZteam Member

I have mixed feelings about the VA here in NC. The doctors we have dealt with have been wonderful. My husband received very good care for his dementia, amongst other ailments in the past 10 years.
Getting correct information from social workers and other departments have not been accurate and I had a lot of trouble getting calls back. One example is I was told early on by 2 employees early in his diagnosis that he would be covered for long term care when the time came. This information was false. Since he was not service connected he is not covered which I just found out. This caused our family a lot of anxiety to say the very least. Now we have to exhaust all of our retirement savings plan for care. The stress besides having a husband with early onset dementia is almost unbearable. Employees at the VA need to be well informed about giving information out to veterans families about the veterans healthcare.

posted 6 days ago

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