Are You A Veteran? Here’s How to Find Help
One of the primary reasons why you should seek assistance from an elder law attorney when you’re preparing for the eventualities of aging, is the fact that you may not be aware of all the resources that are available to you. When you consider the high and rising cost of long-term care today, many people would say they can use all the assistance they can get.
Approximately 70% of people who reach the age of 65 will someday need some form of long-term care, be it in-home care or residence in an assisted-living facility or nursing home. So when you’re planning for the latter stages of your life these expenses are something to take into consideration.
With this in mind, we would like to highlight one of the benefits that is available to many veterans who are in need of long-term care. Most people are aware there is a military pension for service members who spend at least 20 years in uniform. However, there is another benefit that is called the Veterans Aid and Attendance (A & A) pension that is intended to assist veterans who need help tending to their day-to-day needs: things like eating, dressing, bathing, etc. Single veterans who qualify for the Veterans A & A pension can receive up to $1632 per month; an eligible couple can receive $1949 each month; and a surviving spouse who qualifies may be entitled to as much as $1055 per month. These numbers may change year to year.
Perhaps the primary reason why so many veterans are not aware of this benefit is that they didn’t serve long enough. In order to qualify, you only need to have served a minimum of 90 days in the armed forces with at least one of them taking place during a time of war. Surprisingly, you will meet this requirement. If you think you may qualify, visit the United States Veterans Benefits Administration either in person, over the phone or on the web to obtain further details and application information. www.va.gov