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Rip-off, Repulsive Garbage
on April 23, 2013
As an attorney and veterans' advocate, I can assure you that the so-called "secrets" exposed by this poorly written book are not hidden, and not at all difficult to discover.
Most, if not all, these "secrets" can be found in plain language on state and federal veterans' affairs website.
But if you aren't good at navigating the web, or if you don't have internet access, make an appointment ASAP to meet with your local county veteran service office (CVSO), or with a rep from one of the several national Veterans' Service Organizations (VSO) like Vietnam Veterans of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, VFW, etc. The VA (toll free at 1-800-827-1000) can provide the location of a VSO or CVSO office near you. You can also check the VA website for a list of nationally recognized Veterans Service Organizations.
Now this next part is important, so please pay close attention.
Real help with veterans' benefits won't cost a dime -- much less the cost of this "47 Secrets" book. CVSO or VSO reps are paid employees and dedicated volunteers . They are funded by VA grants, or from other funding sources. And for the most part, CVSO and VSO reps are well-trained and very good at their jobs. Just give `em a chance to help you!
Now, when you meet with the CVSO or VSO rep, explain that you'd like them to help you figure out all the benefits that you, your parent, your child, etc., may have earned through military service. Ask also about any benefits that may become possible in the future. And for any benefits that may help now or later, ask for their help in applying for benefits.
When you meet with the CVSO or VSO rep, be sure to take all the records you have pertaining to military service.
Finally, this is not time to be shy or proud. Veterans' benefits aren't a "handout" or "welfare." These are benefits earned through honorable military service to the nation. So please, be as open and forthright as possible about your unmet needs, or those of your parent, child, or other dependent.
Otherwise, I am deeply repulsed by people who write books like this, or who set up one of the thousands of charities that have popped up the past few years to "help" veterans. I don't know about Ms. Collier, JD, personally. But what most such people are doing, is nothing less than hijacking a just cause for the sole purpose of enriching themselves. And that's despicable in my book.