The Battle for Benefits

Across the country, disabled veterans' families are in bitter battles with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, trying to oust VA-appointed fiduciaries from their lives.

According to an article on Stars and Stripes web site, disabled veterans’ families are fighting with the Department of Veterans Affairs to remove VA-appointed fiduciaries — people to whom property or power is entrusted for the benefit of another. Attorneys allege program managers sometimes overlook the misdeeds of paid fiduciaries while coming down hard on veterans' relatives who do the work for nothing.

VA’s policy is that family members get priority in fiduciary appointments. Some get into trouble, often because they lack training or knowledge of the rules.


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