How do I convince my brother to apply for a VA mental disability pension?

He needs the pension so he can live in a house, pay bills, and buy food. He thinks nothing is wrong with him but he has all the classic symptoms of Aspberger's. He always has. It was just never discussed. My sister talked to a psychiatrist about our brother's behavior and he said he would definitely qualify. How do we do this? He will get terribly upset. We already suggested he apply for it and he said he is "certainly not going to act like a crazy person to get over on . . . uh on to that." Please help.

Asked By: - 10/21/2011
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I am assuming by this post you are talking about a moderate ASD, not a mild one, but please hear what I have to say as I am very knowledgeable about developmental disorders (particularly ASD... More
Answered By: fdsvfdrvgre - 10/21/2011
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Call the VA benefits officer within the VA Hospital he goes to. They cannot release medical info to you, but can suggest what you may do for his well-being. If he currently does not use a VA Hospital for care, call the closest one or call 800-827-1000, explain the situation and see if they have suggestions (that's... More
Answered By: Sheila - 10/21/2011
You really can't convince a person they're mentally ill if they're delusional, I've dealt with one such person before. Sometimes these people are paranoid and/or can become violent. There's not much you can do other than make any responsible family members aware of the problem and then get out of the way. I advise you... More
Answered By: Jackie - 10/21/2011
Honestly, I don't think you can convince ur brother to do anything. He has to want to do; I edit what I just say. You can persuade him. So when you talk to him about this; make sure he feels like this is his idea and not yours. Convince him of that. Tell him it only benefits him.
Answered By: LiveALittle - 10/21/2011
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