Are you a Veteran or surviving spouse of a Veteran over the age of 65 and Disabled? If so you may be eligible for a benefit of $1,949 per month or more!
Many people are not aware of this ďAid and AttendanceĒ Pension or they donít realize that they can be qualified. This special pension was set aside to assist Veterans and their spouses who are in need of financial assistance for health care costs; in order to prevent wiping out their life savings. If you are a Vet who is over 65 and now disabled, you may be eligible for much-needed money to pay medical bills! Horizon Elder Law & Estate Planning, Inc. is an Accredited VA Law Firm assisting many Veterans in receiving this pension.
Do you qualify?
If you answered yes to these questions, you may qualify for financial assistance through the Department of Veterans Affairs. 2010 Maximum Monthly Benefit Amounts
2013 Maximum Monthly Benefit Amounts
* May be higher depending on rating
What Determines Need?
There are many physical and mental conditions that are considered by the VA when determining eligibility for Aid and Attendance Benefits.
Some conditions that can qualify an individual for this benefit include:
In addition, other conditions and needs may be taken into consideration for determining benefit eligibility.
What does this mean for you?
How Horizon Elder Law & Estate Planning, Inc. can help you:
The United States Department of Veteranís Affairs (VA) offers a broad range of services for veterans of all ages. Unfortunately, some services are underused because many older veterans and their families do not realize these services exist or that they may qualify for benefits. They often donít apply for VA benefits even though factors such as low income, medical care costs, disability, or war-time service may have made them eligible. They may even have been told by someone at the VA that they donít qualify when they actually do!
Requirements for benefits have changed from time-to-time. Some benefits today do not require a service-related injury, though they may require co-payments for veteranís whose family income and assets exceed the annual limit for no-cost service.
These and other benefits may be available to you:
WHO WE ARE:
The Veteransí Benefits Division of Horizon Elder Law & Estate Planning, Inc., is a private law firm that comprises attorneys, accredited VA claims agents and health care professionals dedicated to helping individuals qualify for and access benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The services of Horizon Elder Law & Estate Planning, Inc. are provided by individuals that are highly knowledgeable and experienced in matters involving VA law as well as the health care issues potential clients face in their daily lives. The Veteransí Benefit team includes long-term care professionals with experience that spans over two decades across a wide spectrum within the senior care industry. Our operation is led by Julie Fiedler, RN a California licensed attorney and nurse who worked in the Intensive Care and Critical Care Unit for 20 years. She has dedicated her long-standing career to helping those in need. Julie is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to help individuals in all matters involving VA benefits. She is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Julie has spent the past 26 years in the field of health care.
WHO WE ARE NOT:
Obtaining Military Records
When filing a claim for veteranís benefits, a veteran or surviving spouse must provide documentation of the veteranís active duty service, wartime service, and discharge status. Veterans should have been given discharge or separation papers (often called a Form DD-214 after World War II). Horizon Elder Law & Estate Planning, Inc., recommends that claimants submit certified copies of their discharge papers to reduce the time it takes for the application process.
What if I canít I find them?
For those veterans who do not have a copy of their discharge papers, the fastest way for a Veteran or the Next-of-Kin of a deceased veteran to obtain a duplicate copy is from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Click on Request Military Records at the bottom of the screen. Proceed through the menus and follow the instructions given. Use Form SF 180 for Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Discharge Papers. Use Form DD-2168 for Coast Guard and Merchant Marine Discharge Papers. You will need to print and sign a signature verification request and submit it to the NARA via fax or U.S. Mail in order to complete the process.
If you do not have the internet, but have a fax machine, you can call the Fax-On-Demand System at (301) 837-0990 from a fax machine, using the handset. Follow the voice instructions and request document number 2255.
Otherwise, please call our office and we can provide copies of the forms. Horizon Elder Law & Estate Planning, Inc. assists seniors throughout California and their families find, get and pay for quality long-term care. Knowledge of how to qualify and apply for Veteran's benefits often plays a central role in answering the question about how to pay for quality long-term care.
Contact us today to determine what you can do to protect your hard-earned assets.