NAELA Supports Need to Protect Veterans Against Fraud; Response to GAO Reports

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Unscrupulous practices deprive veterans of financial assistance for long-term care costs.

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NAELA stands ready to work with the VA and Congress to establish rules and laws that protect veterans from organizations that provide inappropriate or unethical advice...

Reuters recently shed light on the recurring problem of veterans fraud in their article on the case ruling for an Ohio man convicted of running a fake charity for U.S. Navy veterans. Reports from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlight the need to protect vulnerable veterans from fraud and abuse through education, rulemaking and/or legislation, as well as the need to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs serve those in the greatest need (“Improvements Needed to Ensure Only Qualified Veterans and Survivors Receive Benefits” and “Improvements Needed to Ensure Claimants Receive Appropriate Representation”).

“The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) stands ready to work with the VA and Congress to establish rules and laws that protect veterans from organizations that provide inappropriate or unethical advice while still allowing veterans reasonable access to the benefits they have been promised,” said NAELA President Howard S. Krooks, CELA, CAP.

NAELA has worked closely with the GAO and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to provide insight on these scams and will continue to serve as a resource for government agencies and Congress.

To receive a free NAELA brochure: “Questions and Answers When Looking for an Elder and Special Needs Law Attorney,” contact Communications Associate Abby Matienzo by email (amatienzo(at)naela(dot)org) or phone at 703-942-5711 #230.

Find an Elder and Special Needs Law attorney in your area using NAELA’s Member Directory.

About NAELA
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.

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