Veterans who are disabled may have access to many different kinds of benefits through the veterans’ administration. Many benefits for disabled veterans are limited to veterans who have service-connected disabilities. However, there are some benefits available not on the basis of having been disabled while serving, but simply as a result of your service.
For example, if you become disabled and you meet certain criteria, you could be eligible for Aid & Attendance, which is an increase in pension benefits designed to help you to defray the costs of long-term care. There could also be other assistance available to you as well, such as medical foster care or adult daycare. The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C. will help you to identify appropriate benefits and services based on the cause of your disability, extent of your health issues and other factors.
Many veterans will need long-term care at some point in their lifetimes. Long-term care can be extremely costly so it is important to determine if you are eligible for any long-term care assistance for veterans. For example, there could be community nursing homes or VA nursing homes where care may be subsidized for eligible veterans. Veterans could also be eligible for Aid & Attendance, which provides funds to help pay for long-term care costs
Aid & Attendance, or A&A benefits is a pension program that will provide a veteran with monthly aid or assistance. A&A could also provide funds for surviving spouses of eligible veterans. The amount of money that is available through Aid & Attendance for veterans who qualify can be quite substantial, at well over $1,000 per month in certain circumstances. However, not every veteran will be able to qualify for A&A benefits so it is important to know specific eligibility requirements and to be able to prove that you meet those requirements.
Veterans do not need to have a very long service record to be eligible for A&A benefits, but they must have been honorably discharged from military service and must have been on active duty. A veteran or his or her spouse must also be meet certain requirements when it comes to his health status. A veteran could qualify because he is unable to perform basic tasks of daily living, because he resides in a nursing home as a result of incapacity, because he is blind, or because he is bedridden.
If you believe that you might meet these eligibility criteria and that you could potentially be eligible for monthly Aid & Attendance benefits to help you to pay for the costs of long-term care or the costs of nursing home care, you should work with The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C. to begin the application process so you can begin getting the necessary financial help to afford expensive healthcare costs that you are likely incurring.
If you are a veteran, or if your family member is a veteran, and you want to find out about available benefits – which could become even more important during the aging process – talking with an experienced attorney can be the best option for you.
The Veterans’ Administration does try to provide help to those seeking assistance, but there is a lot of bureaucratic red tape and there is often a lot of demand for services, so the VA cannot always provide the type of personalized one-on-one advice that you need. The VA also cannot provide legal advice to veterans who are trying to claim their benefits and who are facing challenges.
The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C. can take the time to meet with you, to discuss the specifics of your situation in detail, and to help you to explore all benefits programs that you and your family members could be involved with.