This news item expired on Saturday, February 15, 2014 so the information below could be outdated or incorrect.
Be cautious if someone offers to move your assets around for you to qualify for VA pension. This type of scam is often directed toward Veterans and family members who do not actually qualify for VA pension. You could be required to repay these benefits to the government.
Examples of possible pension poaching scams:
Organizations that cold call Veterans, charge money for assisting with a VA pension claim, and take credit card information from Veterans over the telephone
People who charge as much as $6,000 up front to represent claimants before VA, with a percentage of any eventual back payment from VA as a portion of the ultimate fee
For more information about VA pension eligibility requirements – which include special monthly pension benefits – go to www.benefits.va.gov/pension or call 1-800-827-1000.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pension exists to help financially disadvantaged wartime Veterans and their survivors.
Individuals and organizations are available to help you file a VA pension claim free of charge. A searchable list of VA-accredited representatives including Veterans Service Organizations, agents, and attorneys is available at the VA Office of General Counsel website.