Veterans Benefits

Newman Elder Law Provides Veteran Benefits Counseling and Legal Assistance

If you are a veteran of the U.S. military there are several types of benefits that you may be entitled to apply for.

Newman Elder Law provides Veterans Benefits counseling and legal assistance to men and women who have served in our armed forces. We will help you determine which benefits you are entitled to, how to apply for them and how to file appeals for rejected claims.

Our experts will walk you through the benefits process to make sure you receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled as a result of your service to our country.

What type of Veterans Benefits are available for you or your loved ones? 

 1. Medical and Health Benefits

The Veterans Administration (VA) manages a health system with over eight million enrollees.  Eligible veterans can expect to receive benefits such as outpatient and inpatient hospital, medical, surgical and mental health care; emergency care in VA facilities and some non-VA facilities; prosthetic and sensory aids; outpatient pharmacy services; hospice and palliative care; and chiropractic care.  The VA also has a nursing home benefit for eligible veterans. 

2. Disability Compensation

Some veterans who were disabled by an injury or disease that was incurred or aggravated during active military service are entitled to Disability Compensation benefits.  The compensation varies with the degree of disability, the impairment of earning capacity caused by the disability, and the number of dependents.  Survivors of veterans who died after January 1, 1957 from a service connected disability are entitled to Disability & Indemnity Compensation. 

3. Aid and Attendance

Veterans or their surviving dependents (including spouses) may be entitled to tax-free pension benefits referred to as Aid and Attendancee Pension.  This monthly benefit may be used to offset the high costs of long term care or other ongoing out of pocket medical expenses.  It can also be used to pay family caregivers.

 

How do you know if you are eligible?

In order to be eligible for the Aid and Attendance Pension a veteran must meet at least one of the medical requirements and all of the service and financial requirements described below.

 1. Medical Requirements:
  • The Veteran requires the aid & attendance of another person in order to perform personal functions; OR
  • The Veteran is bedridden; OR
  • The Veteran is in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity; OR
  • The Veteran is blind or nearly blind
 2. Service Requirements:
  • The Veteran must have served at least 90 days of active service;
  • The Veteran cannot have a dishonorable discharge from service;
  • The Veteran must have at least one day of service during one of the following wartime periods:       

i.    World War II (December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946)

ii.   Korean War (June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955)

iii.  Vietnam War ( August 5, 1964 {February 28, 1961, for Veterans who served “in country” before August 5,1964} through May 7, 1975)

iv.   Persian Gulf War (August 2, 1990 - February 28, 1991)

v.    Operation Enduring Freedom (October 7, 2001 to present)

vi.   Iraq War (March 2003 to present)

3. Financial Requirements:

  • Eligible veterans or their surviving spouses must have monthly income that is less than the amount of their non-reimbursed medical expenses.
  • There is no establiished asset limit for the Aid and Attendance Pension. The Veterans Administration uses a complicated formula to determine whether an applicant has excess assets.

 

What benefits might you qualify for?

 If it is determined by the VA that you are eligible, you may be able to receive a monthly pension of up to:

  • $1,732.00 for a single veteran
  • $2,054.00 for a veteran with a spouse
  • $1,113.00 for a deceased veteran's surviving spouse
  • $2,702.00 for a veteran who is married to another veteran

Newman Elder Law will help you obtain the benefits to which you or your loved one are entitled!

If you are a veteran, a veteran's surviving spouse or dependent, and your income and savings are being depleted by non-reimbursed medical expenses, Newman Elder Law can review your finances and medical expenses to see if you qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits, or if you may be able to qualify in the future.

Newman Elder Law will make sure your long-term plan has provisions to protect your eligibility for veterans benefits now or in the future.

The eligibility rules for veterans benefits are complex. You need an attorney who understands the system and eligibility rules and is licensed to practice before the Veterans Administration.

Contact Newman Elder Law to see if you are eligible for Veterans Benefits and for assistance with your claims!

 

Related Blog Articles

For more information about veterans benefits services from our elder law attorneys, please read these following articles from our blog:

Determining Your Eligibility for Veteran Medical Benefits

Veterans Benefits: How an Elder Law Attorney Can Help