U.S. Senator Ron Wyden [D-Ore.] chaired a hearing of the Senate Committee on Aging to hear testimony from government officials, veterans advocates and those who have been subjected to the services of unscrupulous “pension poachers.” The Government Accountability Office [GAO] issued a report the morning of the hearing. This report outlined problems that were discovered regarding the VA’s Aid and Attendance Pension program that allow it to become a marketing tool to sell inappropriate financial instruments to elderly veterans.
In addition to assisting investigators, Ms. Burak was also asked to prepare and submit her testimony, which has been entered into the Official Record. Ms. Burak also traveled to Washington, DC to attend the hearing and speak with investigators and Senators in person.
In her testimony, Ms. Burak, who has self-funded her mission as founder of VeteranAid.org since its inception in 2005, stated: “I am simply the daughter sharing information and insights about this pension with a mission to give other sons and daughters better choices than my family had, and doing what I believe is honoring the sacrifice of service. I am humbled to say that my efforts have changed the lives of tens of thousands of veterans and their widows over the past 7 years. To address the very reason why this investigation has taken place, and why we are here today; I can only hope that some government official or agency will step up to champion any of my efforts in making this pension as common knowledge as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”
VeteranAid.org is a 501(c)(3) organization and was created to provide information, free of charge, to veterans, their spouses and families. This benefit could make the difference between a veteran or surviving spouse living in a high-quality assisted living facility or in a state-operated nursing home. For more information, please visit VeteranAid.org.