Veterans Administration Planning
Millions of our nation’s greatest heroes, veterans and their families, are eligible for Veterans Benefits but do not receive them. There are a number of reasons for this, including confusion over the benefits that are available, eligibility requirements, a complicated application process, and the bureaucratic maze that must be navigated to finally get approval. Sadly, many veterans who apply for benefits are initially denied, in spite of the fact that they and their spouses are indeed eligible.
As a VA-certified attorney, Julia Khaled works to help all of those who have sacrificed so much for our country obtain all of the benefits to which they are entitled. Julia is required to maintain a minimum amount of annual training that deals specifically with veterans issues.
You can find information about various Veterans benefits available to veterans by visiting the Veteran’s Administration website. One benefit that many members of our community do not realize they qualify for is Aid and Attendance Veterans benefits.
Aid and Attendance Benefits
One of the most important, and sadly underutilized, of these benefits is the Aid and Attendance Pension Program. With the Aid and Attendance Pension Program, an eligible veteran can receive over $23,000 a year for assistance with medical expenses and long-term care. An eligible veteran’s widowed spouse can potentially receive over $12,500 per year. More specifically, the Aid and Attendance benefit can allow an eligible veteran or widowed spouse to pay anyone, including his or her child, for home care. It can also be used to pay for professional care in the home, assisted living, nursing home care, insurance premiums, prescription drugs, and co-pays. In this way, the Aid and Attendance Pension Program can help an eligible veteran or widowed spouse live at home for as long as possible while still receiving the care he or she needs and protection of hard-earned assets.
The veteran must have served 90 days or more of continuous active duty, with at least one day during a period of wartime. It is important to note that a period of wartime means only a period during which the United States was engaged in war, not necessarily a time during which combat was occurring.
The veteran must have received a discharge other than dishonorable.
The veteran or spouse must be age 65 or older, or be permanently and totally disabled.
Additionally, applicants must pass an asset and income test before getting Aid and Attendance beneﬁts. Net worth and income are factors in determining eligibility, but there are no specific income or asset limits set by the Veterans Administration.
At Khaled Law Firm, we can quickly determine your eligibility for benefits and help you receive the maximum amount to which you are entitled. We can also help you with the application process and expedite your claim. Remember that even if you have been denied Aid and Attendance in the past, don’t despair—we may still be able to help you.
We consider it an honor to serve those who have served our country. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your situation.