In Sept 2011 my father passed away from cancer. To everyone’s amazement his cancer was not diagnosed until a MRI was conducted. This pretty much caught everyone off guard. Since my father’s cancer was so advanced, no therapy was advised. Our family was more concerned about my father’s quality of life. Approximately three weeks to the day, he left for heaven. There was so much to do, funeral arrangement, notifying relatives, wills, financial arrangements, just to name a few. Trying to go through the grieving process and take care of all the things that needed to be done in a relatively short period of time is mind boggling. The one thing that made everything easier, my mom and dad had made funeral arrangements prior to his passing; the funeral cost were all taken care of. The less you have to take care in this time of grief, the better it is for everyone. To my astonishment, they were very much organized and had their affairs in order.
My father honorably served in the United States Air Force for more than 28 years, which opened the door to many well deserved benefits. I must say this was an eye opening experience. I’m also a veteran that serviced over 24 years in the United States Air Force. I prided myself knowing my military benefits, but I was surprised how little I really knew. Hopefully, my travels throughout this whole process will assistance you in your times of need.
My point of view will be coming from an Air Force retiree. The reason why I’m telling you my story, I want to help anyone who may be in the same situation as our family.