Many veterans and their families are eligible for veterans benefits but do not receive them. How is it possible that our nation’s greatest heroes are not receiving the benefits they deserve? There are several reasons: some benefits are not widely known; the application and approval process is complicated and frustrating; and many veterans who apply are deemed ineligible for benefits when, in fact, they are eligible.
One of the most helpful benefits is, sadly, also one of the most underutilized. It is called The Aid and Attendance Pension Program. This program allows an eligible veteran to receive over $23,000 per year for medical expenses and long-term care. The eligible veteran’s widowed spouse can receive more than $12,500 per year. The Aid and Attendance benefit can be used to pay children, relatives and siblings for providing in-home care. It can also be used to pay for professional in-home care, assisted living and nursing home care.
To be eligible for Aid and Attendance, a veteran must:
- Have served 90 days or more of active duty, with at least one of these days served during a period of wartime
- Received a discharge other than dishonorable
- Have medical expenses and/or care needs
- Pass an asset and income test
What if you meet all of these requirements but have too many assets and/or too much income to qualify? We may be able to structure your estate in such a way that you can pass the income and asset test to become eligible for Aid and Attendance. Even if you have been denied this benefit in the past, we may still be able to help. The vast majority of applications are initially denied even when the veteran and/or the widowed spouse are indeed eligible. Denis Rischard is an accredited VA attorney. This means he has been given the authority by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to prepare, present and pursue claims for Veterans Benefits before the VA. His extensive experience can streamline the process and help you receive the maximum amount of benefits to which you are entitled.
Contact our Oklahoma City veterans benefits attorney as soon as possible for a consultation. We welcome the opportunity to serve those who have served our country.