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The type of Veterans Benefits that you are eligible for varies on many different factors, including your service record, existing income status, current health status, and programs where you live. Being an Attorney versed in Veterans Benefits, I can provide you with a comprehensive assessment of your situation, explain the different benefits, and complete the process to gain access to those benefits you are entitled to.
Aide & Attendance Pension
As Veterans age and reach retirement, many receive a military pension, many also receive healthcare, constituting of preventative testing offered by the Veterans Administration. Veterans with a service connected injury may receive disability benefits based on the extent of the disabling condition. Spouses of the Veteran may also be entitled to healthcare services. These benefits are assessable throughout a lifetime.
A host of services are provided to the aging Veteran. Some of the programs offered are Adult day care, medical home care, non-medical home care, and housing in a VA assisted living or even Nursing Home. Aide & Attendance can results in an increase in pension benefits for the Veteran who has a care need and meets other criteria. These monies are available to help the Veteran with ongoing healthcare costs.
The basic criteria for qualifying for this benefit are described below:
- The Veteran must have served active duty at least 1 day during an eligible wartime period.
- The Veteran must be over the age of 65 or permanently disabled
- The Veteran or spouse have a care need with activities of daily living
- The Veterans monthly medical expenses are equal or exceed their monthly income
- The Veterans and or spouses assets (not including home) below a specific level.
Burial and Memorial
The Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense provide burial and memorial services for eligible active-duty military, retired and Veteran service members. For service related deaths on or after September 11, 2001 the VA will pay up to $2000 for burial expenses. For non-service related deaths on or after October 1,2017 the VA will pay up to $762 for burial expenses.
This benefit is also known as Survivors Pension paid to the eligible dependents of a deceased wartime Veteran. This is based on yearly family income and generally payable to low-income, un-remarried spouse and/or unmarried children of a deceased Veteran. Veteran must have wartime service.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
This is a monetary benefit, tax free if a service member died in the line of duty or if an eligible survivor of a Veteran whose death was service related. Depending on eligibility this can be issued to spouse and surviving child.
This is a benefit paid to a Veteran due to injuries that happened while on active duty or made worse by active duty. Diseases that occurred during active duty are also covered. Must be honorably discharged.
Special Monthly Compensation
Special Monthly Compensation can be obtained in addition to VA Disability Compensation. This generally is limited to Veterans who suffered a loss of extremities or organs.
Veteran benefits are the most misinterpreted and underutilized resources. These resources are available to millions of Veterans and their families. Unfortunately, many are unaware they are even eligible even if they did not directly retire from military or suffer an injury on active duty. I can and will assist you in qualifying for eligible benefits. These benefits can sometimes help lift some of the financial burden of care as they age. Contact my office today for more details.