As a nation we are proud of our veterans and grateful for their bravery. Nevertheless, we often hear of veterans who are not receiving the help and benefits they need. In a situation like this, an Elder Law attorney can provide counseling and legal assistance to help determine the benefits you are entitled to, how to apply for them and when to file appeals for rejected claims.
As a veteran, you are eligible to apply for a variety of benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides health care and long-term care, disability compensation and Aid and Attendance Pension benefits to veterans.
1. Medical and Health Benefits
The VA provides a variety of health care benefits. Some of the benefits include preventative care services, outpatient and inpatient diagnostic and treatment services, prescriptions, mental health care and long-term care servicing.
To receive health care through the VA, most veterans apply for benefits through the VA health care system. Eligibility for benefits depends on the nature of your discharge from military service, your length of service, your income level and the resources available to the VA at the time.
To help determine your eligibility and protect your eligibility in the future, an elder law attorney can review your medical expenses and finances to decide which benefits you are entitled to and how to begin the application process.
2. Disability Compensation
The VA offers Disability Compensation to veterans who have service-connected disabilities. If you sustained or aggravated an injury or illness during active duty, you are entitled to Disability Compensation. The amount you are compensated for depends on the extent of your disability and whether you have dependents.
3. Aid and Attendance
Long-term care cost and out of pocket medical expenses can add up quickly and become a financial burden to veterans and their families. Veterans and their surviving dependents who require in-home or nursing home care may be eligible for the Aid and Attendance Pension. Aid and Attendance is a monthly pension benefit that offsets the high costs of long-term care.
To be eligible for the Aid and Attendance Pension the veteran must meet certain medical, service and financial requirements. If you are unsure whether you qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits, an elder law attorney can review your financial and medical expenses and service history to determine if you’re eligible.
VA rules and regulations are complex and change frequently. A skilled elder law attorney can help you navigate the benefit system and attain the benefits you’re entitled to. An elder law attorney will also know what benefits may affect an elder’s Medicaid and Medicare benefits and finances.
To find out more about veterans benefits or to contact Newman Elder Law today, visit our Veterans Benefits page.