FINANCE & LEGAL COUNCIL ON AGING - ORANGE COUNTY Senior Veterans: SCAM Alert! If you are a veteran, non-accredited organizations fees! Not only is it wrong, it's illegal! may not be acting in your best interest when claimThe Orange County Veterans Service Office ofing to assist you with your VA benefits. They call fers fully accredited claims officers. They are your themselves "advocates" and often send representaone-stop contact for VA benefits, designed to assist tives to senior/community centers or call you on the Veterans and their families with the application and telephone or send you fliers. Be warned that these receipt of their benefits. The Veterans Service Ofgroups have strategies designed to charge you illegal fice is able to provide you with accurate information fees. If you receive a request to purchase financial or regarding your claim. They will never charge a fee. legal services to make yourself eligible for VA benYou may reach the Veterans Service Office at (714) efits or if someone is asking you for your confidential 480-6555. information: Do not provide any information! If you think you may be a victim of a scam, also The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will contact the Orange County Adult Protective Services never charge you fees! Beware of companies charging (APS) 24-hour hotline at 800-451-5155. 80 Answers Guide 2016 COUNCIL ON AGING - ORANGE COUNTY IS A 501 (C)3 NONPROFIT CORPORATION. TO DISTRIBUTE ANSWERS FREE OFResource COST, WE MUST SELL ADVERTISING SPACE.| WHILE WE APPRECIATE THE PAID LISTINGS IN ANSWERS, THEIR Aging and Disability Connection 800-510-2020 | www.adrcoc.org INCLUSION DOES NOT IMPLY A RECOMMENDATION OR ENDORSEMENT OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES BY COAOC. ALWAYS BE A VIGILANT CONSUMER. VERIFY INFORMATION AND SEEK REFERENCES WHERE APPROPRIATE.