Millions of veterans and their families do not receive the benefits to which they are entitled. There are many reasons for this, particularly confusion about the benefits available, who is eligible for them, the confusing application forms, and the bureaucratic nightmare of getting final approval. In fact, most veterans, or their spouses, are initially denied benefits despite the fact that they are eligible to receive them.
The benefits available to veterans and their families include, but are not limited to:
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
- Disability Compensation
- Employment & Training
- Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
- Special Monthly Compensation
- Survivor Benefits
- Veterans Health Care
- Veterans Life Insurance
- Burial and Memorial
- Death Pension
The Aid and Attendance Pension Program
The Aid and Attendance benefit can help an eligible veteran or widowed spouse pay for home care. This care can be provided by anyone, including the spouse, son or daughter, as well as a professional caregiver. The benefit can also be used to pay for assisted living, nursing home care, insurance premiums, prescription drugs, and co-pays. In essence, the Aid and Attendance Pension Program can allow an eligible veteran or widowed spouse to remain at home for as long as possible, or to obtain nursing home care, without losing all of their life savings.
An eligible veteran can potentially receive over $24,000 per year for assistance with medical expenses and long-term care. The eligible veteran’s widowed spouse can receive over $13,000 per year.
- The veteran must have served 90 days or more of continuous active duty, with at least one day during a period of wartime
- The veteran must have received a discharge other than dishonorable
- The veteran or spouse must be age 65 or older, or be permanently and totally disabled
- Applicants must pass an asset and income test before getting Aid and Attendance beneﬁts
Net worth and income are both factors in determining eligibility. However, there are no specific asset or income limits set by the Veterans Administration.
At the Law Office of Mark C. Metzger, we can quickly determine if you are eligible for benefits, help you receive the maximum amount allowed, and expedite the processing of your claim. Mr. Metzger has the knowledge to position most estates for Aid and Attendance eligibility. Even if you have been denied benefits, Mr. Metzger may still be able to help you receive them.
You have served our country. Let us be of service to you, by contacting us for an initial consultation.