Many of you will remember that on January 23, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) published some proposed rule changes. If adopted, these proposed rules would significantly affect the ability of veterans and their spouses to qualify for the VA pension benefit. One of the more significant proposed rules is a 36 month look back period for transfers for less than fair market value – i.e. gifts. Currently the VA does not penalize applicants for gifts. Although it has been nearly two years since the proposed changes were released, nothing has been finalized. Many thought the rule changes would be adopted in July of 2016 and when nothing happened in July, there was some speculation that the rule changes would be adopted in September or possibly in December. Lately, it has been reported that the VA will not publish the final rules before April of 2017. It seems clear at this point that no one knows for sure when the final VA rules will be adopted. Stayed tuned for further updates as they occur.