The Year Is Coming to a Close Changes Both In and Out of the Office
A lot is happening this month as she prepares to graduate from college and catching as many hockey games with my family as possible. The VA is changing the eligibility rules for veterans and their spouses who are seeking Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefits in order to remain living at home. If you or a family member are a veteran and you haven’t come to see us to talk about how this might affect you, please call us to do so right away. More on this in a minute. Grace, my oldest daughter, has been busy over the past few months. Not only is she graduating in December, but she is also presenting her honors thesis this month, which she’s been working on since January. I couldn’t be more proud of her! While she prepares to graduate, she’s also getting ready to move. As I have mentioned before, I’m definitely not looking forward to moving her in the middle of a Minnesotan winter! But it will be awesome to watch her take this next step in her life. as the year slowly and steadily comes to a close. I’ve been busy supporting my oldest daughter
changes were first proposed in early 2015, and frankly, I never thought they would actually be implemented, mainly because it adversely affects surviving spouses of veterans much worse than it affects the veterans themselves. After three years of delay, the VA has finally decided to alter the eligibility that grants veterans and their spouses financial aid for long-term health care. The change in question will affect A&A asset limits, primary residence, and asset-transfer look back regulations. This change took effect on Oct. 18 and puts a strict limit on the assets of a veteran and/or spouse and what they can receive financially. If you are a wartime veteran or a spouse of a veteran and are concerned about needing help with long-term care, I advise you to keep an eye out for this change and how it will affect you or your loved ones.
game we ever went to was when Grace was about 5 or 6. It was a minor league game in Austin, and we both had a blast rooting for the Austin Ice Bats. Though I think she had more fun jumping on the bounce house and eating cotton candy. As she became more interested in the game and overall experience, we would try to catch a game every Friday night. But the tradition became harder and harder as we grew older and became so busy. I often try to include the rest of the family in the festivities and bring them to the games when the season starts and the opportunity presents itself. My youngest daughter, Kaity, is also a huge fan of the game. And although we never get to attend as many as we’d like, the games we make time for are always great occasions to enjoy each other’s company and stay connected.
When we’re up there getting her settled into her new place, I’m hoping that we’ll have the time to watch a University of Minnesota hockey game. Hockey is a sport we’ve enjoyed together for a long time, and attending a game is something we always try to do when we have the chance. The first
I’ve been busy supporting my oldest daughter as she prepares to graduate from college and catching as many hockey games with my family as possible.
All the best,
As I mentioned earlier, the VA has been making some huge changes to the A&A benefits. These
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