Petitioning Director, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital Kathleen Fogarty and 7 others
2 responses

Veterans Affairs: Support a 90 yr old Purple Heart recipient and veteran of two wars


My dad, James March, is a World War II and Korean War veteran with a Purple Heart he received in WW2 -- but now that he's seriously ill, the VA is refusing to help him. 

Even though his injury from the war caused him terrible back and leg pain throughout his life, my dad never complained to the VA -- he rarely asks for help from anyone. But now that he's 90 years old, dad is really sick and he urgently needs help from an assisted living facility. Our whole family is worried about him: he's barely eating, he's nearly lost his eyesight, and he's suffering from dementia. In just a few months, he lost 70 pounds. 

Dad needs constant care, but Mom isn't able to be a full-time caregiver because she's struggling with cancer recovery and diabetes -- and my family doesn't have enough money to pay out of pocket for him to get a home aide.

The VA lost our application for assistance two times before they denied our claim. Even though my parents are crippled by medical costs and their home  was foreclosed on 2/27/2013, the VA says my dad "makes too much money" to qualify for help. In reality, my parents barely have enough left over at the end of the month to buy their groceries, let alone pay for at-home care.

My dad was there when our country needed him to fight in WWII, healing others as a medic on the battlefield where he earned a Purple Heart. Now that he needs us, will we turn our back on him? Sign my petition asking that the VA give my dad the benefits he and all veterans deserve for their service and sacrifice.

Letter to
Director, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital Kathleen Fogarty
Deputy Director, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital Roy L. Hawkins Jr.
Chief of Staff, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital Dr. Edward P. Cutolo Jr.
and 5 others
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Honorable Eric K. Shinseki
Hillsborough County Aging Services Division- Executive Director Bart Banks
Representative Kathy Castor
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Marco Rubio
Approve the application of James March 90 yr old veteran of two wars and Purple Heart recipient. He served his country in WW2 and during the Korean War. There are not many of these guys left. He has barely been sick throughout his life and had not decided to apply for VA benefits until now. He is now 90 suffering from dementia and failure the thrive and can no longer care for himself. He is in need of a specialized nursing facility and or long term care The VA has turned him down saying he makes too much money. They did not ask about his foreclosed home, the monthly medical expenses for his wife, and the legitimate bills they have every month that leaves them with barely any money to live on. His other daughter is mentally ill and in no capacity to help. With this application being turned down it would make it impossible for his family to afford a home care nurse and would certainly lead his care to take a downward turn. His wife and previous caregiver is 72 with cancer and diabetes and is struggling with this situation. Please reconsider this application. James March was there when our country needed him to fight in WWII, healing others as a medic on the battlefield where he earned a Purple Heart. Now that he needs us, will we turn our back on him? Please grant James the benefits he and all veterans deserve for their service and sacrifice.