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Veterans Benefits – Who qualifies?

Most people think of veterans benefits as being only for servicemen and women who were wounded or disabled while serving in the armed forces.  By and large, that is true.  But we have learned that there are substantial benefits that may be available to wartime veterans who are now senior citizens and are facing the burden of long term care due to a host of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and many others.  In fact, the Veterans Administration estimates that millions of wartime veterans and their spouses may be eligible for Special Monthly Pension benefits, and not even be aware of it! 

Wartime veterans, or their surviving spouses, become eligible for the Special Monthly Pension benefit known as Aid and Attendance when they are over 65 years of age, are permanently disabled and unable to work, are homebound, or need the regular aid and attendance of another—whether at home, in assisted/supportive living, or in a nursing home.  The program is based on actual financial need for assistance, so there are income and asset limitations. 

For more information contact Christopher B. Kroll – Elder Law Solutions – 586-323-4001

5 Comments

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    February 6, 2010

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  2. Adult Family Home
    February 7, 2010

    Great

  3. Cherry Hill Adult Family Homes
    April 4, 2013

    Excellent information

  4. Sharon Mello
    June 18, 2013

    So if someone goes into a nursing home and has veterans benefits already they can keep them? Even if staying in a nursing home long term? Thank you for all your helpful information!

    • Elder Law Solutions
      June 20, 2013

      Hi Sharon,
      If a Veteran is receiving benefits but then needs to go into a nursing home, they are still eligible to receive benefits but their benefits are substantially reduced.

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