For those who’ve served our country in the Armed Forces, Congress has passed laws that provide extensive medical and disability benefits. Our representatives wrote these laws to be “veteran-friendly.” Unfortunately, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs does not always interpret these laws in favor of the veteran.
If you or a loved one are a veteran, it’s crucial to have an experienced veterans attorney help you understand the benefits you qualify for and how to correctly apply for them. Mistakes in the application process can be costly. Elder Law Advocates, PLLC handles all the paperwork and medical records required to submit your claim and receive your benefits as quickly as possible.
Aid and Attendance Benefits
Non-Service Connected Pension Benefits
When wartime veterans or their spouses are completely disabled and require help performing everyday tasks, they may receive a non-service connected pension benefit to help pay for in-home or nursing home care. The veteran must have been honorably discharged after at least 90 days of active duty.
A physician must certify the need for assistance with activities of daily living (ADL), including bathing, dressing, cooking, and eating. Benefits can pay for a professional caregiver or a family caregiver if they are being paid for services and report the income on their taxes.
It’s important to understand the income and asset limitations for benefits and legal strategies that enable you to qualify for them. The rules are complex, and filling out the application correctly the first time avoids claim denials and delays in benefits.
The VA law allows non-service connected pension benefits, regardless of whether the disability was inflicted in service.
Service Connected Benefits
Widows and widowers of deceased veterans may also be entitled to monthly payments based on the disability of their spouse through Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) benefits. Eligibility looks at the service-connected condition that contributed to the death or total disability of the veteran during a specific timeframe.
Elder Law Advocates can educate and guide you through the veterans’ benefits qualification process, so you or your loved one receive the assistance you need.
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