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Tips to help you manage someone else's social security and/or Veteran's benefits

How to Manage Someone Else’s Social Security or Veteran’s Benefits

By Andre O. McDonald |

Let’s assume you have been appointed to help manage someone else’s social security benefits. As an example, let’s pretend it’s you forty-year-old nephew, Roberto. In the Social Security system, you’ll be called Roberto’s “representative payee.” The situation is similar if you’re appointed to help your elderly father, who has dementia, manage his Veteran’s benefit… Read More »

4 Things You Must Do to Protect Your Family When Preparing for Deployment

Preparing for Deployment? Here’s What You Need to Do

By Andre O. McDonald |

You just received your orders, and you will be deployed shortly. No matter the time frame, there is still time to make sure your affairs are in order. Here are 4 things you need to do to safeguard your family’s future while preparing for deployment. 4 Things You Need to Do When Preparing for… Read More »

How technology is revolutionizing in-home care for veterans

How Technology is Changing In-Home Health Care for Veterans

By Andre O. McDonald |

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has become an unlikely and innovative pioneer in the quest to provide cost-effective, quality in-home care for veterans. Although the agency has long been mired in controversies surrounding its programs, particularly arbitrary caregiver dismissals, the home health services sector of the VA has long been touted as an… Read More »

Why Veterans Need a Professional Advocate On Their Side

3 Reasons Veterans Should Have a Professional Advocate

By Andre O. McDonald |

The number of stories of veterans’ benefits getting tied up in the system is not only sad, but startling. A quick internet search can lead to story after story of veterans who have struggled to receive the benefits that are owed to them. Robert DiCicco, a former United States Marine, spent his final years… Read More »

Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) Institutes New Eligibility Rules for VA Pension Plan

New Eligibility Rules for VA Pension

By Andre O. McDonald |

On October 18, 2018, new rules regarding eligibility for VA pension were implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The new rules are quite comprehensive; however, they also provide more opportunities for veteran and surviving spouses to qualify for these important benefits. 3 Major Changes to Eligibility Rules for VA Pension 1. Lookback… Read More »

Are you aware of all of the benefits available to wartime veterans and their families?

4 Types of Benefits Available to Wartime Veterans (That You Might Not Know About)

By Andre O. McDonald |

There are many benefits available to wartime veterans, surviving spouses, and children. First let’s discuss who qualifies as a wartime veteran. A wartime veteran is one who served active military duty during one of the eligible wartime periods. They include the Mexican Border Period, World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, the… Read More »

What every veteran should know about veterans' benefits

Howard County Veterans Benefits Attorney

By Andre O. McDonald |

Veterans are an important class of our population and as such, it is important to know about the various benefits available to them.  Many of these veterans’ benefits are based on the type of service, the health of the veteran, or a combination of these factors. While the next several paragraphs will provide a… Read More »

What you must know about the basics of estate planning for military families

Estate Planning for Military Families: Are You Protected? (UPDATED: August 2019)

By Andre O. McDonald |

No matter the time of year, it is always a good opportunity for members of the military and their loved ones to consider setting up — or revising an existing —estate plan. Military families need to consider special estate-planning issues that others do not. This is particularly true when one or more family members… Read More »

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