Veterans Benefits Programs
There is help through the Veteran’s Administration.
There is a little known program through the VA that is offered to wartime veterans, veteran’s spouses and veteran’s surviving spouse that provides a monthly tax free benefit to assist with the cost of long term care. This program is called the Aid and Attendance Enhanced Pension Benefit. The veteran does not have to have service-related disabilities to qualify. Veterans or surviving spouses are eligible if they require the aid of another person to perform everyday actions, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, or going to the bathroom. This includes individuals who are bedridden, blind, or residing in a nursing home.
So, if you or your spouse served at least one day during one of the following war times, had 90 days of continuous military service, and were discharged from a branch of the Armed Forces under conditions that were not dishonorable, you may be eligible for this additional pension.
War Time Periods
- World War I: April 6, 1917 — November 11, 1918
- World War II: December 7, 1941 — December 31, 1946
- Korean War: June 27, 1950 — January 31, 1955
- Vietnam War: August 5, 1964 — through May 7, 1975
(February 28, 1961 for veterans who served “in country” before August 5, 1964)
- Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990 through date to be set by the
Presidential Proclamation or Law.
The additional pension that you may be entitled to receive is as follows:
- Single Veteran: $1,788 per month or $21,466 a year
- Veteran with Spouse: $2,120 per month or $25,448 a year
- Surviving Spouse: $1,149 per month or $13,794 a year
Although there are financial requirements to qualify for this additional benefit, many elderly veterans and surviving spouses who believe they cannot qualify, actually can with the assistance of an experience elder law attorney. However, the Aid and Attendance benefit is almost never enough to fully pay the long term care bill, therefore, Medicaid is also a necessity. Transferring assets to reduce the net worth below the VA limit can result in being ineligible for Medicaid benefits for months or even years.
Experienced VA Benefits Law Firm
Therefore, it is extremely important that an attorney who is experienced in both Medicaid and VA Benefits law be consulted before any assets are purchased or property is transferred to become eligible for VA Benefits. Heidi Friedman is that attorney, experienced in both obtaining VA benefits and preserving the right to also qualify for Medicaid benefits. With the help of our firm, we can help you and your family qualify for both VA and Medicaid, which will provide thousands of dollars each year to help pay for the significant cost of long term care.