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March 16, 2015

Motivator Tip of the Week!

For VA benefits,
do your homework!
By Carroll Dale, National Director of Care Provider Outreach
The Center for Elder Veterans Rights

If you have attended a seminar or have communicated with a company on the internet concerning VA pension benefits, make absolutely sure you thoroughly know the background, motives, and VA accreditation status of anyone offering assistance to you, your family, or a client you work with.

Some individuals and groups have even created deceptive “store front” organizations with patriotic names touting veterans assistance!

Consumers need to be aware that scams exist, motives are often tainted and make absolutely sure they know the person or company they are dealing with.

Also, check the VA’s accreditation database. Anyone offering even advice, much less assistance, to veterans regarding a claim must be directly accredited by the VA’s General Counsel.

Before you act, do your due diligence.

Seek professional advice. Any financial planning or transfer of assets has the potential to impact not only VA benefits but other governmental benefits, as well as having tax consequences. Understand that simply being VA accredited does not necessarily mean being knowledgeable, experienced or professional. Question everything and be sure you know all of the answers before you decide on a course of action. Facts are your friends.

The “poachers” have taken advantage of veterans centering on one important eligibility requirement of Pension, a demonstration of “limited net worth.” While current law places no actual limitations on sequestering assets prior to applying for benefits, the spirit of the law provides a financial safety net, not a method of enriching heirs. The GAO discovered claimants with estates worth up to a million dollars that have been able to receive tax-free VA benefits meant for low-income veterans and family members.

The practical result of these deceptive and often illegal operations has been to place the entire Pension program under greater scrutiny by both Congress and the VA to avoid further abuse. The GAO recommended that “Congress should consider establishing a look-back and penalty period for pension claimants who transfer assets for less than fair market value prior to applying.” They recommended that the “VA should: (1) request information about asset transfers and other assets and income sources on application forms, (2) verify financial information during the initial claims process, (3) strengthen coordination with VA’s fiduciary program, and (4) provide clearer guidance to claims processors assessing claimants’ eligibility.” (GAO 12-540). The VA has agreed to the suggestions in principal and agreed to study the issue further.

If you have questions about VA Benefits, contact Carroll Dale at the Center for Elder Veterans Rights (cdale@cfevr.org) or visit www.cfevr.org.

The Center for Elder Veterans Rights, PC is the independent law firm of Kristen Vanderkooi, a VA-accredited attorney serving veterans since 2009. Ms. Vanderkooi is licensed by the Supreme Court of the State of Tennessee and is fully accredited to practice nationally before the Department of Veterans Affairs by the Office of the General Counsel. CFEVR’s legal practice is strictly limited to serving the needs of elderly disabled veterans and their family members pertaining to Title 38 Veterans Disability Benefits.


Best Regards,


Carroll Dale
National Director of Care Provider Outreach
The Center for Elder Veterans Rights, PC
931-739-3053 or 800-394- 1676
cdale@cfevr.org
www.cfevr.org


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ABC at a Glance
February, 2015


ABC System Growth -Feb '15
Franchisees 2015 117
Franchisees 2014 116
Change 1
Percent Growth 0.9%


Territories 2015 204
Territories 2014 175
Change 29
Percent Growth 16.6%


Area Reps 2015 24
Area Reps 2014 27
Change (1)
Percent Growth (9.7%)

System-Wide Revenues Feb 15'
Period Revenue Change
Feb15  $    7,386,116
  23.1 %
Feb-14  $    5,998,830
  47.0 %
Feb-13  $    4,081,928
  66.8 %
Feb-12  $    4,446,765
  90.5 %
Feb-11  $    1,284,586
164.2 %
Feb-10  $       486,138
152.9 %
Feb-09  $       192,189
    3.7 %
Feb-08  $       185,272
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System-Wide Revenue YTD
Period Revenue Change
 Jan-Feb15
 $ 15,103,079
  24.1 %
Jan-Feb-14  $ 12,171,684
  48.8 %
Jan-Feb-13  $   8,179,861
  67.1 %
Jan-Feb-12  $   4,894,730
  84.6 %
Jan-Feb-11  $   2,651,299
169.7 %
Jan-Feb-10  $      983,020
161.4 %
Jan-Feb-09  $      376,057
 (5.7 %)
Jan-Feb-08  $      398,981
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Top 5 Sales Producers -Feb '15
Franchisee Sales
Bryant Greene $1,984,282
Colleen & Tom Foley
$   240,032
Carrie & John Bianco
$   233,681
Tom & Neil Golli
$   211,023
David Robinson
$   208,615

Top 5 Sales Producers - Feb '15 YTD
Franchisee 2015 FEB YTD
Bryant Greene $4,093,218
Carrie & John Bianco
$   480,007
Colleen & Tom Foley
$   459,708
David Robinson
$   412,947
Tom & Neil Golli
$   401,005

Top 5 Fastest Growing
$85,000+ Sales* Feb '15
Franchisee Sales Change
Karena Kirk
$103,932
242 %
Bill & Jodie Kammerer

$108,138

142 %
Nate Rhodes
$  93,991
126 %
Bonnie & Neil Zwack
$114,919
  67 %
Bryant Greene
$1,984,282   52 %

*Must have had revenue in Feb 2015

Top 5 Fastest Growing
$40K-85K Sales Feb '15*
Franchisee Sales Change
Jennifer Mancuso
$43,189
944 %
Vanessa Taylor
$83,261 206 %
David Baim
$68,613 174 %
Rian Superales
$45,883 109 %
Chris Jones
$63,486   91 %

*Must have had revenue in Feb 2014

Top 5 Fastest Growing
$15K-$40K Sales* Feb '15
Franchisee Sales Change
John Brandt
$28,394
2,908 %
Anthony D'Amico
$29,672    219 %
Inga Jermaine
$37,101    195 %
Ken & Robin Helfers
$27,539    152 %
Dan Chitwood
$35,644    150 %

*Must have had revenue in Feb 2014

Top 5 Fastest Starters
Up from 0 - Jan '15
Franchisee Sales
Susan Oderwald
$ 14,695
Rebecca Prouty
$ 10,729
Gweneth Burbank
$ 35,590
Kelly Britton
$ 10,579
Brian Church
$   3,360

*Zero revenue in Feb 2014

Top 5 Starts-of-Care - Jan '15
Franchisee Number
Bryant Greene
62
Beth Kapperman
19
Bonnie & Neil Zwack
17
Colleen & Tom Foley
15
Steve Snell
13

Top 5 Placement - Feb '15
Franchisee Sales
Nicole & Cheryl Akins
$30,860
Bill & Diane Mathis
$25,114
David Robinson
$21,492
Angela & Allan Encarnacion
$15,722
Tom Misuik
$14,892

Job Board Performance - Feb '15

Num. Vs '15
Month - Feb 2015

Franchise Users 5
(29 %)
Job Seekers 128
(22 %)
Resumes Posted 107
(29 %)
Jobs Posted 16
   7 %
Jobs Views 3,799
 46 %
"Live" Jobs 36
n/a

YTD Thru Feb 2015
YTD New
Franchise Users
9
    0 %
YTD Job Views 7,855
  44 %
YTD Jobs Posted 36
  39 %

Sources:
ABC Club Reports
Revenue Progress Reports
Franchise Territory Count
Job Board Stats