Veterans or their surviving spouses may qualify for veterans benefits such as an Improved Pension which will provide financial assistance to offset the cost of necessary health care. Veterans Benefits are extremely valuable to Veterans and their surviving spouses with medical expenses or those needing care in the home, an assisted living facility, or nursing home.
BASIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
The basic eligibility criteria for VA Pension are:
- The Veteran must have served at least ninety (90) days active military service, one day of which was during a wartime period.
- The Veteran must have been discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable.
- Must be permanently and totally disabled or over the age of sixty five (65).
- Must meet asset and income criteria.
There are three types of benefits we can help you qualify for. The Basic Pension benefit does not require any physical disability. However, the Housebound and Aid and Attendance benefits require the veteran and/or the veteran’s spouse to be in need of regular attendance by another person to assist in walking, getting in and out of bed, eating, bathing, dressing, or toileting.
ELIGIBLE WARTIME PERIODS
World War I ▪ April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918
World War II ▪ December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946
Korean conflict ▪ June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955
Vietnam era ▪ August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975
(February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period)
Gulf War ▪ August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation)
All three veterans benefits require the veteran and/or veteran’s spouse to have “countable income” less than the allowable pension amount to be eligible for veterans benefits. “Countable Income” is the amount of income a veteran and/or their spouse receives, after deducting all un-reimbursed, recurring health care expenses. This includes assisted living costs, in-home care, health insurance premiums, on-going pharmacy costs, etc.
Unfortunately, the asset requirements are vague and are defined as, “whether the person has sufficient means to pay for their own care.” Although there is a presumption that a couple may have $80,000 in assets and qualify, this is not always the case. This is why it is so important to meet with one of our VA accredited attorneys in order to become qualified.
VETERANS BENEFITS MONTHLY AMOUNTS
Low Income Pension
- Single Veteran with no dependents — up to $1,072/month
- Married Veteran — up to $1,404/month
- Surviving Spouse of Veteran — up to $719/month
- Single Veteran with no dependents — up to $1,310/month
- Married Veteran — up to $1,642/month
- Surviving Spouse of Veteran — up to $879/month
Aid and Attendance Benefits
- Single Veteran with no dependents — up to $1,794/month
- Married Veteran — up to $2,127/month
- Surviving Spouse of Veteran — up to $1,153/month
- Veteran Healthy – Spouse Needs Care – up to $ 1,408/month
To qualify, the veteran does not need to have a service-related disability, does not need to have retired from the military, and does not have to have been in combat.