Jun. 28, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is warning veterans to be aware of people trying to poach their pension. Pension pouching is a financial scam targeting veterans, survivors and their families who are potentially eligible for VA benefits.

Veteran pension poaching occurs when scammers, unscrupulous players or dishonest financial planners charge veterans or their beneficiaries for help in applying for or submitting applications.

The DMVA says veterans or their advocates should never pay:
  •   For forms or to submit applications.

  •   To restructure assets in order to “qualify.”

  •   For the promise of eligibility for a pension.

  •   To receive a lump sum payment on a pension.

There are approximately 200 veteran service officers in Pennsylvania who work within organizations such as the DMVA, county veterans affairs offices and several veterans service organizations to help veterans prepare claims and apply for benefits free of charge. These are experienced and certified professionals who are well-trained and provide great advice to veterans.

A complete list of county directors and their contact information can be found at www.dmva.pa.gov.

Veterans who believe they are the victim of a pension scam should call 717-783-1944, email PAvets@attorneygeneral.gov, or submit a complaint online at www.attorneygeneral.gov.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
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